As U.S. rolls out ultrafast Internet, tensions rise over public right of way

Cities across the United States are warning of what they say is an illegal assault on the public’s right of way, facilitated by state and federal authorities on behalf of major telecommunications companies.

At issue is the rollout of new infrastructure for the next generation of ultrafast wireless Internet.

To operate this fifth-generation (5G) network, companies are developing fleets of antennas that need to be densely arranged and near the ground – around one per city block, often on light poles or traffic signs.