Wednesday, July 12, 2017 12:02 AM

'SMALL CELL' TECHNOLOGY EXPECTED TO FAST-TRACK CHATTANOOGA'S BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY - CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS

Chattanooga is on its way to laying down ground rules for expanding the city's wireless infrastructure. On Tuesday, the Chattanooga City Council voted 9-0 in favor of new regulations for short-range "small cell" emitters, located on poles and other fixtures. The new technology, instead of large cell towers, is expected to create the next wave of bandwidth capacity. No one spoke in opposition to the ordinance during its public hearing. As with any ordinance adoption by the council, the body must vote to approve it on a second, final reading, scheduled for July 18. Small cells aren't just about boosting bandwidth for dense populations of cellular users now, they are about building for the future, Council Vice Chairman Ken Smith, co-chairman of the council's new Innovation Technology Committee, said after the meeting. "Small cells really act more like amplifiers for [signals]," Smith said. "While at the same time, that increases connectivity for all users of the different networks. It also starts a chain reaction of accuracy of things like GPS. The closer you are to a tower, the more accurately you can be located." He said strong signalization will be essential for the potential for operating wireless autonomous vehicles and ...

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