Next project for Kit Carson? Small cells, better cell coverage

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Frustrated with uneven cell service in Northern New Mexico? Kit Carson Electric Cooperative officials are working to find a solution: small cells.

In a presentation at the Jan. 9 Angel Fire council meeting, co-op officials Erin Sanborn, business and organization development manager, and Richard Martinez, chief operations officer, described their latest target for regional economic development through improved infrastructure, specifically a collaboration with the village and cell providers to improve cell coverage.

Martinez explained cells can expand cell coverage by placing boosters “about 3 feet high and a foot in diameter on water towers, electric poles, etc. This will help clean up all these dead spots. We’re looking to do a pilot [in Angel Fire] sometime in the late spring or summer.”

Luis Reyes, co-op CEO told The Chronicle, “This is a complement to our broadband/fiber project to convince the cell carriers to put better service into Angel Fire, Red River, Taos Ski Valley, Taos — all over.

“We’ve been working with the Angel Fire Village Council, specifically Chuck Howe, on getting better cell connectivity. We’ve been working with all the municipalities on economic development, but I give a lot of credit to Chuck for being the tip of the spear in getting this accomplished.

“Small cells are basically a booster or repeater of the cell signal. Instead of having to set up big towers everywhere, if we can put them on buildings, power poles or light poles, to give us better coverage. It’s companies like AT&T and Verizon that have to bring this. We’re trying to get our area to 4G or 5G service. [The co-op’s] role is to find the locations for them, and we own a lot of poles and light poles.”

Small cells are like miniature cell towers but without the tower. Reyes noted there is increased demand for cell service that allows video streaming.

The trade publication, FierceTelecom, reported in September that “Verizon said in an FCC (Federal Communications Commission) filing that in order to support the network facilities it needs to support future 5G services, ‘the need for densification and for more ubiquitous fiber to support it will only increase.’ …. We need the ability to access poles quickly and efficiently, both to hang small cells and to string fiber that will provide the necessary backhaul.’”

Verizon told the FCC that gaining access to a more efficient pole-attachment process will enable the service provider to more effectively expand small cells to enhance wireless coverage and the supporting fiber facilities for wireless backhaul.

Verizon cited frustrations with “large delays from utilities to get access to install new fiber and small cells,” including “some cases where local electric companies have taken nine months to complete the pole attachment as well as 12 months or longer to attach fiber on the pole.”

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H. Simondes

The public has not been adequately informed about what 5G wireless radiation really is. In the article the main emphasis is on better cell coverage, according to the wireless industry officials. However, nothing is stated about the health risks of 5G wireless radiation. People logically may think that 5G is 'just one step up' from 4G, but this is not the truth. In reality, 4G is WiFi radiation of 1-4 GHz (Gigahertz), while 5G is 24 - 90 GHz - ultrahigh frequency and intensity. To put this in perspective, this equals 90 Billion electromagnetic waves/second hitting your body. It is now known there are health effects from wireless radiation, and this is well documented by over 20,000 scientific studies. Adverse health effects already noted from wireless radiation include neurologic symptoms, immune system disorders, reproductive harm, and cancers, and that is from wireless radiation due to cell towers, cell phones, digital 'smart' meters, bluetooth, etc.

The 5G being rolled out this year at a fast rate has NOT been safety studied. The former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler also used to be a former lobbyist and president of the CTIA, the wireless trade organization, said in 2016, 'we won;t study it, regulate it, we won't wait for the standards', and has called for a 'massive deployment of small cells'. as 'tens of billions of dollars are to be made'. What is not mentioned is these waves are only 1-1.5 inches long, while 4G waves are 2.5-3 feet long. What does that mean? That these small cell towers will be as close together as every 8-10 houses in concentrated areas as these waves cannot travel far; and these waves radiate (maybe in front of YOUR house) 24/7. Also not stated is that 5G is MILITARY GRADE wireless radiation.

Ultimately 5G is part of a grand plan to link up all so called 'smart' devices in our home, businesses, towns and cities, so that we will be living in a sea of microwave radiation nonstop. This is known as the INTERNET OF THINGS (IoT) - every use of all our appliances, cars, and devices will be monitored 24/7, while we are left to suffer the ill effects of technology that knows no restraints.

The implications of 5G push/rollout ought be fully studied by all communities before approving its implementation, as once it is done, it will be virtually impossible to undo.

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