To combat a prevalent marketing, branding lie – “DAS antennas are the size of a pizza box” –  repeated by the CTIA, Wireless carriers, and legislators, I measured carefully, built a demo prop, photographed, and did the math. The prop, the photos, and the numbers do not lie. I cannot say the same for the Wireless companies, the CTIA, their lobbyists, or our legislators.

Inquiring minds need to know:  How many actual pizza boxes represent the volume of one DAS antenna, excluding all support equipment.

Answer: 10 to 60 pizza boxes.

DAS = Distributed Antenna System
Pizza Box (Domino’s Extra Large) = 16.25″ x 16.25″ x 2.00″ = 0.30 cubic feet (photo below)
Pizza Box (Domino’s Small) = 10.25″ x 10.25″ x 1.75″ = 0.10 cubic feet (photo below)
DAS Antenna volume allowed in SB.649 = 3 to 6 cubic feet (photo below)

SB.649 Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Bill Text: SEC. 3. Section 65964.2 is added to the Government Code, to read:
(e) (1) (A)
(i) “Any individual antenna, excluding the associated equipment, is individually no more than three cubic feet in volume, and all antennas on the structure total no more than six cubic feet in volume, whether in a single array or separate.

20(ii) (I) The associated equipment on pole structures does not exceed 21 cubic feet for poles that can support fewer than three providers or 28 cubic feet for pole collocations that can support at least three providers, or the associated equipment on nonpole structures does not exceed 28 cubic feet for collocations that can support fewer than three providers or 35 cubic feet for collocations that can support at least three providers.”

http://scientists4wiredtech.com/2017/03/us-senate-wireless-hearing/

Scott Bergmann, VP, CTIA – The Wireless Association in his 3/2/2017 Testimony to the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:

“Right now today there are challenges both with the local zoning process and, as you mentioned, with federal agencies, so we would certainly appreciate this committee’s attention to finding opportunities to right size that process so that we exclude small cells where appropriate that are the size of a pizza box or a lunch box. I don’t think anyone thinks it’s a process that applies to a 200-foot tower should apply, when you are putting a lunch box on top of an existing building.”

CA Senator Ben Hueso Testimony, Bill Sponsor (most likely reading a CTIA-provided script) in his 4/4/17 testimony to the CA Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee:

“Building the wireless network of tomorrow requires the rapid deployment of small cell [structures] often no larger than a pizza box — and that’s a small pizza box [audience laughter] and you can see it here [more audience laughter]. We brought an example of one [the demo prop that Vice Chairman Morrrel did allow in to the CA Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee Hearing on SB.649].

Steve Carlson, Counsel, CTIA – The Wireless Association in his 4/4/17 Testimony to the CA Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee:

(Carlson stands up and hefts the antenna with two hands to shoulder level) “This is the refrigerator that some people have been talking about.” (No one had yet mentioned the word ‘refrigerator’ in testimony at that point, Steve.)


Audience: “No, it [the refrigerator] is the power supply.” (the demo prop that Vice Chairman Morrrel did not allow into the CA Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee Hearing on SB.649)

You can see additional video clips here: http://scientists4wiredtech.com/2017/04/oppose-ca-sb-649/


Steve Carlson: laughter

CA Senator Ben Hueso Testimony, Bill Sponsor continues: “These small structures are far different and in many ways much preferable to traditionally large macro-cell towers.”

Steve Carlson, Counsel, CTIA – The Wireless Association continues:

“We are working to enhance infrastructure to maximize the performance of today’s fourth generation wireless and prepare for the next generation of connectivity, 5G. Small cells with strengthen existing 4G Networks while serving as the building blocks for 5G . . . it is critically important that California policy makers take action to remove unnecessarily obstructive barriers to innovation and investment while balancing municipal interests. We believe SB.649 does that.”

An opposition speaker from Scientists For Wired Technology, in his 4/4/17 Testimony to the CA Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee:

“In addition to this prop here [pointing to a DAS antenna that the CTIA left on the table], which is relatively small, the bill actually says that the antenna can be three to six cubic feet. I know of no pizza box at my Domino’s that is three to six cubic feet. That’s just a marketing, branding lie. In addition, the power supply for this antenna [according to SB.649 is allowed to be] 28 to 35 cubic feet. That is larger than a refrigerator.”

Here are the actual measurements, Senator Hueso. We will publish this all at http://scientists4wiredtech.com

Domino’s Small Pizza Box = 10.25″ x 10.25″ x 1.75″ = 0.1 cubic feet

Domino’s Extra Large Pizza Box = 16.25″ x 16.25″ x 2.0″ = 0.3 cubic feet