Verizon installs 5G in Denver in special ‘smart poles’

The Boulder, Colorado-based company Comptek Technologies has designed stand-alone poles to house wireless small cell equipment that is completely hidden within the poles. The City of Denver has approved the design of these Comptek City Poles, and Verizon is now deploying them in Denver for 4G and 5G small cell equipment…

Although it seems that the City of Denver and Comptek have made an effort to find an aesthetically-pleasing solution for deploying small cells, still there are citizens who feel double-crossed. An article in the Denver publication Westword profiled a homeowner who tried to fight the installation of one of these 30-foot poles in the sidewalk easement right in front of her home. And who can blame her? Even the Denver City Council, itself, was reticent about having to look at a small cell pole on its own property.

The Wall Street Journal recently published a story “Cities Are Saying No to 5G, Citing Health, Aesthetics—and FCC Bullying,” noting that multiple cities and states are filing lawsuits to protest the FCC’s rule that makes it easier for carriers to deploy their small cells.