Known as the urban waterfront playground, Long Beach, in Southern California, is a dream city for urbanites and beach-goers alike. It’s home to a marina, a downtown convention center, an array of museums, and the country’s second busiest container port. The Long Beach Grand Prix, the longest running major street race in North America, is also hosted there every April. With all these attractions and events, the city’s existing infrastructure needs additional support to ensure reliable wireless coverage.
To give the residents of Long Beach access to the latest in wireless technology, we are proposing a new small cell solutions (SCS) network. SCS has become the new standard technology in other top-tier cities around the country. It consists of small, discreet nodes connected by fiber optic cable—an ideal solution for a city like Long Beach that needs the capacity and bandwidth that such a network provides.
As a licensed Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) in the state of California, we are able to minimize redundant infrastructure by placing nodes on existing structures like streetlights, traffic signals, signposts, and utility poles.
We embrace a shared model 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 this effort continues, we’ll be working with the Long Beach Department of Development Services, Department of Public Works, Department of Economic Development, Department of Technology & Innovation, City Manager’s Office, Mayor and City Council, and other key City officials and stakeholders.
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 population surges during large events, SCS has been proven to be able to provide reliable speed & connectivity.
- With greater coverage and capacity, residents will have more reliable access to public safety and emergency services like 911.
- Our CLEC status and shared model help preserve neighborhood aesthetics by maximizing coverage and minimizing new infrastructure.
- 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 existing and proposed sites where installations will be located on streetlights, utility poles, and slimline poles within city-owned sidewalks.
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.