5G Cell Tower/Fiber Deployment
About 5G/Fiber Deployment
In September 2018, the FCC adopted a declaratory ruling outlining:
- Prevention of actions that materially inhibit the installation of 5G facilities
- Reasonable, non-discriminatory fees associated with permitting of the facilities
- The ability for local governments to have input on the exterior design of the facilities
- A set "shot clock" to ensure accelerated deployment of the facilities
The City of Fishers is required to allow 5G deployment by the ruling of the FCC. As a result, the City identified a resident-led process for 5G cell tower deployment. On August 10, 2020, the Public Works and Safety Board adopted a resolution streamlining the process for all parties involved. Below is highlighted from the resolution that outlines the new process.
Find more info and FAQs about 5G Cell Tower Deployment in Fishers.
In-ground fiber installation occurs in public rights of way through a targeted trenching construction process.
Verizon recently informed the City of their intent to re-initiate the permitting process for their 5G technology.
Verizon has cited its desire to concentrate on its fiber build-out as the primary reason for halting its pursuit of residential permits in Fishers. Neighborhoods that have begun the process of meeting or discussing 5G tower placements with the City, can expect:
- All tabled or pending applications and permits will be re-submitted for processing.
- If your neighborhood was scheduled at a past Board of Works meeting, you will be notified again when your location is prepared for a public vote.
- The City intends to restart the permit process from the beginning, meaning you will have another opportunity to review placements and discuss locations with Verizon Wireless and the City of Fishers.
5G implementation continues with all previously approved residential permits. Additionally, Verizon has the authority to continue with the construction of 5G towers located in the public right of way.
If you have questions, please email or contact Makenzie Poole at 317-595-3151.
AT&T has notified the City of Fishers of their intent to install fiber utility in the public rights of way. AT&T must submit permits to the City of Fishers Engineering Department ahead of their construction as part of this process. Residents will be notified by AT&T prior to the start of construction through yard signs. The City of Fishers will also contact HOA leadership for your neighborhood as well as on Nextdoor to provide updates. AT&T and its sub-contractors will restore yards following the installation of the underground fiber line. For questions or concerns related to the AT&T construction process, contact the AT&T Construction Helpdesk at 1-877-780-5422 or by email. Hours are from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. EDT. Voicemail may be left after hours. You can also contact the AT&T Emergency Number at 1-800-246-8464. View FAQ.
Active 5G Deployments in Fishers
See the map of active permits.
5G Process and City Review
(a) Determination of Completion/Defects. Within ten (10) days of receipt of an application, the permit authority shall review the application to determine if the application is complete. If the permit authority determines that an application is not complete, the permit authority shall notify the applicant in writing of all defects in the application. An applicant that receives a written notice of incompletion may cure the defects and resubmit the application within fifteen (15) days of receiving the notice. If an applicant is unable to cure the defects within the fifteen (15) day period, the applicant shall notify the permit authority of the additional time the applicant requires to cure the defects.
Upon receiving a complete application, the City will inform the affected neighborhood/community association or property management group of a proposed permit(s). The City will coordinate a meeting to facilitate communication between the Applicant and neighborhood/community association or property management group to collaborate and provide feedback on proposed locations, suggest alternative locations for the Applicant’s consideration, and attempt to reach consensus prior to final consideration by the Permit Authority in general accordance with the following timeline:
- 4 Weeks Prior to Permit Authority’s Consideration: The City will contact the applicable community/ neighborhood association or property management group to establish a mandatory meeting between it and the Applicant.
- 4 Weeks Prior to Permit Authority’s Consideration: The City will send letters to property owners who are within 200’ of a proposed new utility pole and direct these residents to work with their community/neighborhood association or property management group to provide comments or concerns.
- 2 Weeks Prior to Permit Authority’s Consideration: The City will host a meeting (virtual or live) with the Applicant, applicable community/neighborhood association, or property management group to discuss the proposed residential locations and any alternative locations proposed by the community/neighborhood association or property management group. The City will document these meetings and provide a summary of its content to the Permit Authority. The parties’ failure to reach consensus during the meeting will result in the Permit Authority making its final determination based upon the standards outlined herein.
- Permit Authority’s Final Consideration. The Residential Waiver will generally be considered within 4 weeks of the Applicant’s submission of a complete waiver application.
5G is the “fifth generation” of cellular networks. Hailed as a major technological breakthrough, 5G has the potential to provide peak download and upload speeds comparable to fiber connectivity, together with real-time responsiveness, while connecting a multitude of devices simultaneously. Additionally, 5G is intended to support new technologies such as autonomous vehicles and other use cases that will require near-real-time connectivity.
Many 5G networks are created by installing multiple small cells, which complement large cell towers to provide seamless coverage. Small cells are frequently attached to utility poles, light poles, or buildings, and work collectively to create radio access networks (“RAN”) and transmit data via electromagnetic radio waves (radiofrequency energy). The cells have a much shorter transmission range than traditional cell towers (typically 500 to 1,000 ft).
In contrast to the longer wavelengths associated with older wireless technologies (i.e., 3G and 4G), which allow macro-towers to be separated by miles, 5G will rely on shorter millimeter wavelengths that travel only short distances, and therefore require that small cell facilities be placed closer together.
The demand and need for high-speed data connectivity from residents, businesses, and visitors is on the rise with no end in sight. 5G is the latest approach to increase wireless capacity for smartphones and internet service.
Fishers continues its emergence as a leader and innovator. It is this type of innovation that will enable residents to experience gigabit speeds that were previously only available via costly fiber. The City plays an important role and is actively working to streamline the development processes and effectively and efficiently pave the way for innovators to implement technologies that will drive economic vitality and close access barriers and gaps to serve our diverse communities. Technologies like 5G promise to revolutionize the daily lives of people.
*Newly proposed facilities must adhere to the City’s reasonable aesthetic requirements. For example, facilities deployed along our major thoroughfares will generally match City infrastructure.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about 5G small cell tower deployment.
Neighborhood or Homeowners Associations may register to be notified by email and US Mail of any application for construction or placement of 5G/Small Cell facilities on new utility poles or support structures within the Association’s jurisdiction. To register, please email your Neighborhood/Homeowners Association contact information. If your neighborhood is not represented by a Neighborhood or Homeowners Association, please sign up directly for this information.
Find information about how telecommunications providers are able to deploy this technology on city-owned facilities (i.e., traffic lights, signal poles, buildings).