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City of San Diego Shakes Down Verizon PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 11:51


The real impediment to rolling out 5G is local governments with their hands out.

San Diego instead of looking to get the best service for its citizens with new 5G capabilities has shook down Verizon for “free light poles and cell handsets. The deal would “streamline” the permit process for Verizon to roll out mobile network “small cells” on light poles in San Diego

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the deal in a news conference on Harbor Island. Verizon will spend more than $100 million to install up to 200 power efficient light poles with small cell wireless network gear to improve cellular coverage. After getting the “gifts” the mayor referred to Verizon as their “partner”.

The mobile carrier also will give 500 smartphones to the city’s Police Department and 50 tablet computers to San Diego Fire-Rescue.

In exchange, the city has pledged to streamline the permitting process for the small cell sites and for fiber optic connections to cell sites.

“Verizon is a partner in our effort to enhance wireless capability and lay the groundwork for the future of 5G wireless,” said Faulconer. “This agreement is going to increase services and expand our smart cities capabilities, at no additional costs to taxpayers.”