The LinkNYC sites that have sprouted all over the neighborhood in recent years could get a new addition — 5G towers meant to give New Yorkers ultra-fast service.
The proposed towers would rise 32 feet into the air, versus the 10-foot towers now on the sites. The city’s Public Design Commission revealed the renderings and specs in a presentation ahead of a meeting on October 18, as first reported by Crain’s. The LinkNYC kiosks now have free phone and Internet service.
Currently, most cell service in the city is 4G (fourth generation), but the 5G standard is spreading throughout the country and world. “The growth from 4G to 5G will require the installation of larger pole-mounted equipment and will support making faster, higher quality service equitably available in every neighborhood in the city,” the design commission says. The commission says the height of the poles is similar to street poles already on many city streets. And it says the transmitter must be at least 19.5 feet high. The poles may or may not also have screens showing ads.
Telecom companies can apply to reserve space on the poles that the city is setting up. The commission says that 90% of the poles will be placed above 96th Street or in boroughs outside Manhattan “to expand connectivity to underserved communities.”