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Faster wireless speeds on the way to parts of Santa Fe Web Staff
June 22, 2018 06:12 AM

SANTA FE, N.M. - Faster wireless speeds are on the way to downtown Santa Fe and the Fort Marcy area.


Last night the city's Planning Commission approved a proposal, submitted by Verizon, to use an existing light pole at Fort Marcy Ballpark into a "stealth tower."

According to our partners at the Santa Fe New Mexican, the pole would improve access to the carrier's LTE service. The proposal claimed the pole would also ease the traffic burden on existing downtown telecommunication facilities.

Under the plan, Verizon will furnish a new 72-foot light pole behind the fence in left-center field and install 61-foot high antennas around the pole concealing the equipment behind a "radio frequency friendly shroud."

“By replacing the existing light pole and adding a stealth sleeve, you’re still going to look like a light pole — it will just be a little bit wider,” Anne-Marie McKenzie, an Albuquerque site manager working on Verizon’s behalf, told the Planning Commission.

Verizon's plan also included 11 additional facilities to be spread across Santa Fe. Each location would require some form of city approval.

The telecommunication improvements come after former Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales declared a state of emergency due to the poor cellular network back in December.  At the time he said the impact on emergency personnel was a threat to public safety.

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