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Authorized companies are permitted to install and operate mobile telecom equipment on street light poles, traffic light poles, and certain privately-owned wooden utility poles. This equipment is used to provide wireless services, such as cell phone reception and wireless broadband.

Each pole installation consists of a box containing a provider’s radio equipment and an antenna atop the pole. Only one installation is permitted on a pole. The telecommunications equipment must be painted to match the color of the pole.

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The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) oversees mobile telecommunications franchises, authorizing the use of the City’s streets to facilitate wireless communications throughout the city.

There are currently six companies with franchises from DoITT to install and maintain mobile telecommunications equipment for their own private networks: 

  • Crown Castle Solutions, LLC
  • Crown Castle NG East, LLC
  • Crown Castle Fiber, LLC
  • ExteNet Systems, Inc.
  • Mobilitie, LLC
  • ZenFi Networks, LLC

Standards regarding permissible RF emissions levels are set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

All mobile telecommunications franchise agreements require compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including those related to RF emissions.

If you have questions or comments regarding existing or proposed mobile telecommunications installations, send an email to Poletopinquiries@doitt.nyc.gov.