Small Cell Technology
Small cell technology is used to provide additional capacity and coverage to existing networks such as in high traffic or hard-to-reach locations. The telecommunications industry is installing more and more small cell technology in cities across the country, often attaching the systems on existing poles in the right-of-way, for example light or utility poles.
When receiving applications for small cell installation in Eugene's right-of-way, Eugene Public Works will evaluate the permits, per local telecommunications ordinances established in 1997 Opens a New Window. . If the request meets permit requirements and follows City standards and specifications for installation, staff grant the permit.
Federal law, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), imposes limitations on a city's ability to regulate the placement and construction of telecommunications towers and facilities. For example, federal law prohibits a city from regulating facilities on the basis of radio frequency (RF) emissions concerns if the facilities comply with FCC rules and standards. The FCC has information about RF safety on its website. Opens a New Window.
- Wireless Right-of-Way guidelines Opens a New Window.
- Utility and Right-of-Way Permits Manual Opens a New Window.
AT&T is one of several telecommunication companies utilizing small cell technology in Eugene's rights of way. For information about AT&T's implementation of small cell technology, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Eugene Actions
- April 2019: Eugene City Council unanimously passed Resolution No. 5264 requesting the federal government to update studies on potential health risks of 5G radio frequency wireless emissions and publish findings.
- December 2018: The City of Eugene joined a group of other cities in filing a petition for review challenging the FCC's order related to right-of-way use for small cell installation. The case, which is entitled City of Eugene, Oregon, et al. vs. FCC, et al., is now working its way through the court system, as are a number of other cases filed by other government agencies.
- What do small cell facilities do?
- Why are small cell facilities needed?
- What do small cell facilities look like?
- Is it safe to add small cell facilities to existing poles?
- Can the City of Eugene prevent small cell facilities from being placed in the right of way?
- Can the City of Eugene place more restrictive regulations on small cell (5G) technology?
- Can the City of Eugene adopt a moratorium on small cell (5G) technology?
- Can the City of Eugene place certain aesthetic requirements on small cell (5G) technology?
- Are there public health impacts?
- Can the City of Eugene request updated safety studies?
- Will my cell service be better once small cell facilities are installed?