When 5G infrastructure is installed in city right of ways, it'll have to look nice.
The City Council approved the proactive measure of updating its zoning regulations to ensure the city streets aren't lined with unsightly technology. Tower and wireless companies are rolling out 5G technology throughout the nation but that will require a significant number of new towers and antennas.
Tower companies are chomping at the bit as a multi-billion dollar industry in 5G technology is primed to roll out.
On Wednesday night the Federal Communications Commission announced a plan to help roll that industry out quicker and cheaper. And when it does, companies will be seeking to use to right of way to for technology companies to attach antennas and accompanying infrastructure.
Attorney Anthony Lepore is sounding the alarm on legislation allowing 5G technology to roll out.
Lepore said states have been passing legislation that effectively removes a local municipality's say in wireless infrastructure placed in a right of way.
The issue at hand — one they insist affects everyone — is an upcoming congressional vote on the Federal Communications Commission's plan to repeal the rules that currently restrict how large broadband companies can control their users' access.
The City Council on Tuesday accepted an unknown amount of money left by late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi for the North Adams Public Library.
Cariddi, who died at age 63 in June, named the library as a beneficiary under an insurance policy and apparently left cash benefits in her will.
In April of last year, the Massachusetts Broadband Initiative relaunched its push for connecting the last mile of broadband service.
Since then the organization has crafted "paths forward" for the 45 of the 53 underserved communities remaining. The organization had moved away from the "one size fits all" model for expanding internet service to crafting plans for each individual towns. There are about eight communities left without some type of option in front of it and the organization hopes
Local organizations have great long-term plans for the future of Berkshire County. But, state Sen. Adam Hinds said the state needs to get the "fundamentals right" before that can take hold.
Hinds spoke with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission on Thursday and reviewed the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. He said 1Berkshire also has a similar blueprint with how to revitalize the Berkshire economy. But, both plans are still two or more years away, he said.
Voters likely will be asked at May's annual town meeting to fund an engineering study to look options for providing broadband Internet access in the town.
Board of Selectmen Chairman Andrew Hogeland presented his colleagues on Monday with the report of an ad hoc working group that spent the last year on "a conceptual analysis on costs, benefits, and options for deciding whether [the] town should pursue generally available broadband access."