Located 27 miles north of Philadelphia, Doylestown is known for its historic sites, excellent restaurants, and quaint shops. The town is home to Mercer Museum, Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, Fonthill Castle, and many other cultural attractions. With so much to see and do, it is essential to have the necessary infrastructure to ensure residents and visitors have access to reliable wireless coverage.
We are proposing to supplement the limited, existing wireless infrastructure in the area with a small cell solutions (SCS) network (often referred to as a distributed antenna system or DAS). With an SCS network, we’ll be able to use a series of small, discrete nodes–connected by high-capacity fiber optic cable–to enable expanded carrier coverage and capacity.
We place our nodes in the public right-of-way, where most utility equipment is located. This minimizes the redundant infrastructure, allowing us to use existing streetlights and utility poles and reduce the number of new facilities needed. In Doylestown, we have agreements with the local utilities (PECO) and ILEC (Verizon PA).
We design and build our SCS to accommodate multiple wireless carriers on our fiber-fed network. This allows us to maximize coverage and capacity with the least amount of infrastructure possible.
As we work through this process, we will present our project to the Zoning Hearing Board and continue working closely with local government officials, including the Borough Manager and Deputy Borough Manager/Director of Public Works & Planning, to ensure that designs meet community standards.
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 greater coverage and capacity, people will have reliable access to public safety and emergency services like 911.
- When the population surges during large events, SCS has been proven to be able to provide reliable speed and connectivity.
- Our shared model helps preserve neighborhood aesthetics by maximizing coverage and minimizing new infrastructure.
- 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 wireless infrastructure in the area.
- By installing on streetlights and utility poles in the public right-of-way, we can give residents the coverage and capacity they need in the most unobtrusive way possible.
The map below indicates 44 proposed sites where installations will be located. Most will be located on streetlights, utility poles, and wooden pole tops within town-owned sidewalks, only eight new poles are proposed. Click here to view a larger map and photo simulation images.
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.