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Going forward, 5G cellular units will be co-located with streetlights, city says | Policy


After months of pushback by a small but persistent group of Tulsans, the city is removing four 5G wireless hubs from the Walnut Creek neighborhood, it announced Wednesday.

Going forward, the city will make every effort to have small cell units installed on streetlights instead, she said in a prepared statement.

“After lengthy discussions between city officials, small cellular companies, neighborhood leaders and some members of the Tulsa City Council, we were able to produce a remedy in the Walnut Creek neighborhood that involved the removal of four small poles cellular while allowing the co-location of these small cells on new poles in existing street light pole locations in the area,” the statement read.

Shelli Landon, who led the effort to have the 5G poles removed, joined residents of Walnut Creek on Wednesday for a press conference celebrating the news. Walnut Creek is in the neighborhood of 85th Place and Harvard Avenue.

“Our main focus today was to thank the city officials, (Councillor) Jeannie (Cue), the mayor, the folks out there at stormwater, utilities, whoever ultimately made the decision to us finally listening collectively, the whole team working together,” Landon said. “Thank you.”

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Cue said she was grateful to Mayor GT Bynum and Streets and Stormwater Director Terry Ball for their efforts to address residents’ concerns.

“It just takes a team,” Cue said. “We can get things done by working together.”

But Landon stressed that the city’s action, while appreciated, is not enough.

“We also got together to tell them that now that we have 5G out of here, we don’t want a switcheroo if they’re just going to put it on streetlights that already exist, because 5G signals are dangerous” , says Landon.

Landon, who said she is a cancer survivor, worries about the potential health risks that 5G cells could pose and their potential to decrease property values.

Cue shares Landon’s concerns about the potential effect on property values, and she said she was frustrated that residents weren’t given advance notice from telecom companies before the poles were installed.

Landon said she wanted fiber optic technology to be used instead.

“Fiber has no adverse effects of radiation factors, and it doesn’t disrupt property value, and it’s a faster delivery technology for the internet,” she said. “We therefore ask everyone to upload this form on petition5g.org; fill it; write it down if you can.

According to the American Cancer Society, there is no solid evidence that radio frequency waves from cell phone towers cause cancer.

“However, this does not mean that RF waves from cell phone towers have proven to be absolutely safe,” the organization’s website states. “Most expert organizations agree that more research is needed to help clarify this, particularly for possible long-term effects.”

The city of Tulsa has limited authority over where telcos install 5G towers, but it issues permits before the devices are installed.

As of February, the city had authorized 350 small cell device locations, with 25 more on hold. At that time, AT&T, Verizon, Mobilitie and US Cellular had applied for permits to install poles.

The city has no plans to remove any other existing 5G poles. City officials say the plan moving forward is to co-locate 5G cells where streetlights already exist.

Councilman Phil Lakin visited the site of a 5G tower in his neighborhood on Wednesday and said he was troubled by the size of the poles and where they were installed.

“I know there are benefits to this new technology and there are federal and state laws largely regulating 5G service, but I have to say that very few people in Tulsa would want this pole standing in their front yard.” , did he declare. “It’s the size of a telephone pole and sits almost 8 feet from the sidewalk.

“I will continue to push the city and state to find ways to prevent new utilities like this from being added to above-ground neighborhoods.”