With several small cell applications being submitted within single-family residential neighborhoods, citizens are expressing strong concerns with the aesthetic and health-related impacts of these facilities and requested assistance from the County (Message from the County Commissioners). The purpose of this web page is to provide information regarding the regulation of small cell sites in Douglas County, including links to small cell regulations, answers to frequently asked questions, and ways for residents to provide input and comments.
“5G” technology is the latest upgrade to cellular wireless communications and is intended to benefit users by providing faster speeds, shorter lag times, increased connectivity, and allowing more devices to communicate at the same time. Industry service providers are in the process of developing 5G-capable devices and delivery infrastructure. The appearance and location of delivery infrastructure vary but generally relies on a network of poles and antennas (“cell sites or cell facilities”) that transmit radio frequency signals to one another. In the case of 5G, small cell – or micro-cell – network expansions are being proposed. Given that 5G technology operates on higher frequencies, such networks typically require more, and more tightly spaced, cell facilities.
The State of Colorado and the federal government have prioritized the deployment of 5G service in order to meet the nation’s broadband needs and facilitate access to the benefits of next-generation technology. In order to expedite deployment, the State of Colorado and the federal government have adopted new statutes and regulations which limit the County’s control over the design and placement of small cell facilities.