WALL OF SHAME – Photo Gallery of “Small Cells”

“The wireless networks of the future will look very different,  Instead of tall towers you can see from a mile away, there will be small cells – wireless access points you might not even see and/or could hold in your hands. With this ‘densification’ of so-called 5G networks, we’ll need to deploy millions of small cells in order to realize the promise of multi-gigabit connectivity through millimeter-wave technology.”    FCC Chair, Ajit Pai – Blog post, March 30th, 2017

Although marketed as “small cells,” they are in fact quite large.  The wireless telecom industry misleads politicians and the public by claiming that small cells are the size of “one small pizza box.”  As it turns out, when actually measured, small cells equal 30 EXTRA LARGE pizza boxes and 60 small pizza boxes.  (Dominos pizza boxes were used for these calculations – figures may vary when using other brands of pizza.)

Although marketed as “small cells” they come with a power supply, potentially as large as a refrigerator. They can also include an array of associated equipment such as noisy cooling fans and cabinets with computers, lead-acid batteries, and meters.

Although marketed as “small cells,” these units can weigh up to 300 pounds which may prove disastrous in the event of a car crashing into a pole potentially downing the 300 pound “small cell.”  No safety testing has been done on small cells deployed throughout our neighborhoods.

Fiber optic cables to every home and business would eliminate all these problems and would be far superior for most communications.  When comparing fiber optics to wireless transmissions, Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D. states: “Fiber optics are safe, fast, reliable, and far more cyber-secure.”

(Please feel free to use any of these images in efforts to oppose small cells.  If an image has a website attribution posted beneath it, please include that as well.)