Monday, February 6, 2023

More 5G towers are coming to New York: See where they’re being built

NEW YORK — In an effort to expand Internet access in New York City, 5G transmission poles are in the works for another Manhattan neighborhood.

While the intention is noble, not everyone is happy with it.

The tower stands nearly 32 feet tall above the sidewalk, and local leaders on the Upper East Side think they’ll be an eyesore, especially for being sited right across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Upper East Side resident Ray Michaels said, “I mean these towers are ugly, they look as tall as the building.”

There are 26 three-story towers already in operation in the five boroughs. The city plans to add another 2,000 over the next few years.

The city’s chief technology officer, Matthew Fraser, has a message for residents urging them to vote “no” at this week’s community meeting.

“My message is to give technology a chance,” Fraser said.

He supported New York Mayor Eric Adams when the administration tested the first Link 5G tower in the Bronx over the summer. It’s about the size of a box-shaped utility pole to hold and enclose the technique.

The Goal: Connecting neighborhoods that were hopelessly offline, especially noticeable in the stay-at-home pandemic.

“It was a real travesty. (In) public housing, 40 percent of homes didn’t have broadband access,” Fraser said.

But the city knows that getting neighborhoods to approve such massive towers can be a difficult task. The letter to Manhattan Community Board 8, where the business community opposes the towers, says the towers are “invaluable tools that provide free high-speed Wi-Fi, free national calling, free charging ports for mobile devices, and 911 and 311”. We do. Reach millions of people.

Some also thought that beyond the function of the towers, their design was also different and new.

“I love it. It’s like a cyberpunk future. I enjoy it,” said Melanie Haynes.

If the rollout goes smoothly, the idea is that by 2026 people will be able to walk almost anywhere in town with a full bar and full service, and no cost.

“It’s the dream. Broadband available and ubiquitous,” Fraser said.

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