Project Overview

Augusta Pines has long been one of the most desirable communities surrounding Houston. As new homes continue to be built and families are attracted to the quality of life offered here, Augusta Pines faces a dilemma familiar to other similar communities: How to accommodate the wireless needs of a growing population without compromising the character and aesthetics of the community. It’s an issue of some urgency since an estimated 48% of households rely exclusively on mobile phones, and real-estate agents across the country agree that having a dependable wireless connection is a key consideration when looking for a home.

To meet the coverage and capacity demands of Augusta Pines without compromising the look and feel of the neighborhood, we’re proposing a new Small Cell Solutions (SCS) network. An SCS network uses a series of small, discrete nodes—connected by high-capacity fiber optic cable— to supplement existing wireless infrastructure and expand coverage and capacity.

As a licensed Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) in the state of Texas, we are able to place nodes in the public right-of-way, where other utility equipment is currently located. The deployment will not differ significantly in size or visual prominence from the wooden utility poles and metal streetlights that already exist in the area. We are working closely with local government officials and community groups to ensure that designs meet city standards and blend into the landscape.

We’ve also taken steps to maximize the network’s coverage and capacity with the least amount of new infrastructure possible. We’ve done this by embracing a shared model where multiple wireless carriers can use the same fiber-fed network without needing to duplicate each other’s efforts.

The challenges we're solving

We have over 15 years of experience implementing SCS in communities, including dense urban centers and residential neighborhoods. SCS provides many unique benefits, including:

  • With the increased use of data-hungry apps and video, the SCS network will add much-needed capacity and relieve the congestion and strain put on existing towers in the area.
  • When the population surges during large events, SCS has been proven to be able to provide reliable speed and connectivity.
  • Our CLEC status and shared model help preserve neighborhood aesthetics by maximizing coverage and minimizing new infrastructure.
  • By installing metal poles in the public right of way that have the same look as the existing streetlights, we can give residents the coverage and capacity they need in the most unobtrusive way possible.

The map below indicates pending proposed sites where the poles will be located within the public right of way.

 

Details of the proposed sites can be found here.

Should I be worried about radio frequency emissions?

It’s a common concern. And it’s understandable. But even if you’re right next to a tower or node, cellular RF (radio frequency) output is significantly lower than what FCC guidelines permit. And at ground level, the RF levels are not significantly different from background signals in urban areas from things like TV and radio signals. For these reasons, most scientists agree that there are no adverse health effects from cellular signals.

To read more, visit the following links:

  • American Cancer Society 
    A summary of American Cancer Society studies that have shown no link between cellular RF signals and cancer.
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
    For more information on exposure guidelines and RF safety, click here.
  • International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)
    ICNIRP is composed of independent scientists from around the world with expertise in a wide variety of disciplines that study the possible adverse effects of RF exposure on human health and recommend safety standards.
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
    As part of its charter to protect public health, and in response to public concern, the World Health Organization established the International EMF (Electromagnetic fields) Project in 1996 to assess the scientific evidence of possible health effects of EMF in the frequency range from 0 to 300 GHz.