A Public Information Meeting was held on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 7pm at the Chapel Hill Public Library. We started a public conversation and information sharing about wireless facilities in Chapel Hill.
Who should attend the Wireless Telecommunications Initiative (WTI) meetings?
Interested members of the public, elected officials, advisory board members, and industry, utility, and transportation representatives should attend the WTI meetings. The intent of this meeting is to involve stakeholders and obtain input that will inform the process of developing a Master Plan and Ordinance for small cell and wireless telecommunications facilities.
What is the Wireless Telecommunications Initiative?
The Wireless Telecommunications Initiative (WTI) is a Town of Chapel Hill project that will address anticipated changes in wireless technology and the corresponding need for regulatory improvements. Wireless telecommunications and associated infrastructure is essential to our community as regards basic day-to-day services, educational, public safety, entertainment, and business needs. To that end, we are embarking on a public process that will produce a Wireless Master Plan and Ordinance, to provide Chapel Hill the necessary road map and guidelines to manage the Town’s wireless telecommunications.
Why is the Wireless Telecommunications Initiative important?
The newly introduced "4G-Gigabit" wireless technology utilizes smaller transmitting and receiving devices, working in conjunction with larger telecommunications towers, and improving wireless service, particularly to more dense, higher usage areas. The public process will help provide guidance in maximizing service and minimizing impacts of this next generation technology.
How could this project affect me?
It will likely increase the number of small cell wireless poles along public rights-of-way, require some additional large macro-cell towers, and improve wireless service and bandwidth for business and home users.
Project Documents and Resources
Schedule: upcoming events can be found here.
Take the Wireless Facility Poll: pollev.com/toch
Legislation: NC HB-310, Session Law 2017-159
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