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AT&T Sunsetting 2G Services on 1900MHz

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Top message:  Upgrade towers by cyclekid58   Mar 5, 2012, 12:44 PM

Replying to:  Re: Upgrade towers by Vmac39   Mar 5, 2012, 1:50 PM

Re: Upgrade towers

by T Bone    Mar 5, 2012, 2:41 PM

The main obstacle to network upgrades is actually government regulation. Not federal regulation so much as local regulation. Some local communities have ridiculously restrictive laws about cell towers.

In Texas, the process of building a cell tower, from initial request to final build, takes only about 6 weeks.

But in some parts of the country, (New York, California etc) simply getting a permit to build one cell tower can take 3-5 years or longer. Then the actual build takes a couple more years.

There is also the problem of NIMBYism.

In San Francisco they recently passed a law that said that the construction of a cell tower can be permenantly halted if ONE PERSON objects to it. That makes network upgrades rather difficult to implement, to put it somewhat mildly.

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