5G wireless is coming — and the battle has already begun over where to allow the antennas in Maryland

By: PAMELA WOOD

Modern technology is facing an old problem as local governments wrestle with where to allow cell phone carriers to place new antennas that promise improved service and the next generation of smart technology.

Baltimore’s streets are dotted with more than 600 “small cell wireless facilities” on streetlights and utility poles, making the city one of the first areas in Maryland to welcome the new technology. The sometimes box-like equipment delivers cellular signals faster than traditional cell phone towers, paving the way for 5G service.

Other cities and counties are still figuring out how to regulate the facilities, which some consider eyesores on neighborhood streets.

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