BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– 5G cell phone towers are popping up in more places, and that includes in Livingston Parish. However this new addition is met with some resistance.
AT&T sets their sights on three high traffic locations in Denham Springs to place their 5G small cells.
City Council member and Taste of Louisiana owner Amber Dugas said, “Because we have such population growth out here and business growth really, in these dense little pockets in Denham and in Livingston Parish they are bringing out, what they call, LTE polls. That allows them to grow the system and the system not falter when there’s heavy use.”
Business owners and council members were initially hesitant about the idea.
“You know, everything with new technology, you have to look at every angle, and that’s especially when you’re a public servant, that’s your job to look at everything as much as you can,” said Dugas.
But they are now on board.
She said, “It gave us that two weeks to look at it and work with them and that was what was, you know, the other council members also did emails, and after all of that that, it left us all with a good comfort level to realize these utilities are a necessity, sand so it’s something that we have to really be able to provide.”
AT&T said in an email: “This will help enhance our wireless network in Denham Springs, by increasing network capacity, improving call quality, and delivering faster connectivity speeds.”
Behind TOLA café is where AT&T plans to install their new 5G pole. Instead of the brown wooden ones they agreed to use a black ones that resembles a light pole.
Dugas said, “And then we are going to put in some flowers around it, and make it a real asset, and not just infrastructure wise, but beautification, so we’re looking at it that way to.”
Some nearby residents were wary of the new addition.
Denham Springs resident Betty Jackson said, “Me being around something that is out of the norm or something that is going up new.. not knowing how it will affect my health.. would be of great concern, as well as other people in the community.”
“So for me, that’s still something in the back of my mind, so like I said that was the issue of putting it in neighborhoods for me, and when your constituents say hey I really don’t want it in front of my house, not only is it an eye sore but I’m concerned for a health issue,” said Dugas.
After postponing the first vote by two weeks Denham Springs City Council unanimously voted to allow the new installment.