Small Cell Technology

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Costa Mesa City Hall will be closed from Monday, December 23, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in observance of the holiday season. To comply with the City's obligation to timely process wireless applications under the FCC's 'Shot Clock' rules, wireless facility applications can be received by the Planning Division between 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday, up to Wednesday December 11, 2019. This date allows the City to timely conduct its initial wireless application reviews prior to the holiday closure. The Planning Division will resume normal application procedures beginning at 8 AM on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

What is Small Cell Technology?

With the growth and expansion of the telecommunication industry and the public’s increased use of cellular phones, “small cell” facilities were recently introduced by cellular carriers to respond to the consumer demand for capacity.  “Small cell” facilities (also referred to as “nodes”) are typically placed on light poles, traffic signals, or new poles within the public right-of-way. They are lower-power, smaller-scale facilities that supplement larger “macro cell” facilities and increase network capacity in areas with high user densities.

The City has received multiple applications for small cell facilities in Costa Mesa from four companies (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon). Based on the growth and expansion of the industry, the City expects many more small cell facility applications to be submitted in the future.

Renderings for Proposed Small Cell Facilities in Costa Mesa

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