Georgia Power is taking a crack at working with wireless operators on co-locating antennas. The state-wide program allows wireless operators to co-locate communications antennas on select Georgia Power electric transmission facilities.
This program will save operators the cost burden of siting and building new towers in congested areas by leveraging existing utility structures.
Two years ago, Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise asked Georgia Power to investigate the feasibility of such a program. In February, Georgia Power and the Georgia Public Service Commission agreed to launch the state’s first wireless co-location program. As part of the agreement, Southern Telecom will manage the requests from participating wireless operators.
Outside of Georgia, 11 other states – California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Nevada, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee – have co-location programs.
“Using their robust network of facilities and fiber infrastructure, utilities are in the unique position to provide reliable support for commercial wireless carriers in the areas of antenna siting, backhaul and construction,” said Ron Bilodeau, Nevada Power Company and chairman of Utilisite Council, in a statement.
No financial details were provided.
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