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Lewes looking to control rollout of 5G in the city

The city of Lewes is considering an ordinance to guide the rollout of 5G.


The city council held a public hearing Tuesday night to learn more about the rollout from two wireless company executives.


Bonnie Metz is the Vice President of State Affairs at Verizon Delaware. She says these ordinances are a good step in preparing a city for 5G.


“When we get a good ordinance or something reasonable that I know does not have crazy rates or does things that are volatile to the federal law, I certainly make it known up through the ranks about the people that are making decisions that Lewes is a good place to look for investment,” said Metz.

Wireless companies plan to bring small cell towers to Delaware. These are different from regular cell phone towers because their range is only up to a couple miles. These small cells are meant to create a denser network, capable of handling faster speeds with 5G.


The ordinance lays out the guidelines for tower aesthetics. One such proposal is to integrate them with the existing light poles or match the design to protect the look of historic Lewes.

Both Verizon and AT&T’s Representatives say rollout of 5G into Delaware's beachside towns isn’t being planned yet, but ordinances like this will make the city more attractive when the companies look for easy places to bring the new wireless standard.

Roman Battaglia grew up in Portland, Ore, and now reports for Delaware Public Media as a Report For America corps member. He focuses on politics, elections and legislation activity at the local, county and state levels.
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