Why Does Verizon Care About Telephone Poles?


W Alexander
Submitted 8 months ago
Hartford, VT

A timely op-ed on Verizon's interest in locating cell antennae on telephone poles by Sam Liccardo, the mayor of San Jose, Calif., and a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Development Advisory Committee:  


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/03/opinion/wireless-verizon-telephone-poles.html


Hints:


1) They make more money since most municipalities aren't really equipped to negotiate more balanced contracts.  Once they get the first antennae installed, good luck limiting additional transmitters.


2) It's a lot cheaper for Verizon to lobby Congress and the FCC to take away local control from municipalities than it is to negotiate with individual land owners.


https://medium.com/@omarmasry/a-brave-new-world-for-cell-antennas-in-california-39d864a876d4


3) Don't hold your breath waiting for either national party to rearrange their priorities on this - - the telecoms are equally opportunity political donors: 


https://www.followthemoney.org/show-me?y=2016&f-fc=2&d-cci=24#[{1|gro=y,c-r-ot,d-cci,c-t-pt


Why are we even talking about this?  


Backstory here: https://dailyuv.com/organizations/2285-norwich-observer



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