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Wireless Facilities and Infrastructure

Small cell antennas are becoming increasingly popular as a way of expanding coverage and increasing network capacity.

Requests for wireless facility installations in the City of Fort Worth are expected to rise dramatically in the coming years as the need for data increases. Due to state law, the City of Fort Worth will begin issuing permits for wireless facilities beginning September 1, 2017.

Wireless facilities are often installed on existing public right-of-way (ROW) structures like street signs, telephone poles and streetlights. Companies that want to install wireless facilities in the City of Fort Worth ROW must first obtain an address for each network node from the Fire Department, register as a contractor with the Planning and Development Department and apply for a street use and electrical permit.

All installations must follow the standards and guidelines found in the design manual.

While the city has the right to manage these requests, the city must comply with Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 284 that allows certain wireless network providers to install in the public rights-of-way their wireless facilities, described and defined in Tex. Loc. Gov. Code, Chapter 284, Sec. 284.002 as “Micro Network Nodes,” “Network Nodes,” and “Node Support Poles.”

Safety Information and other resources

Wireless antennas are closely regulated by the FCC. Small cell antennas transmit very low levels of radio waves compared to traditional cell antennas. The safety of radio waves has been extensively studied. Government agencies and groups that set standards constantly review this research. The radiated emission levels meet current accepted health and safety guidelines.

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