Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WTOP: Montgomery Co. Council committee mulls residential cell nodess

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Buffering. Dropped calls. Images that don’t get downloaded. Cell providers and the contractors who work with them are working to make sure those moments become less frequent for customers as more people use mobile devices that go beyond the smartphone.

In order to add broadband capacity, cell providers are considering  adding antennae to existing cell towers. Marjorie Williams, manager of Montgomery County’s Office of Broadband, Cable & Franchise Division in the Department of Technology Services — often referred to as the “cell tower committee” — told a county council committee Monday that there were applications for as many as 700 antennae from as many as 15 different carriers already in the pipeline in this year alone.,,

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