Homeowner-focused organization to host public meeting to address AT&T small cell towers

AT&T small cell tower in Baton Rouge
AT&T small cell tower in Baton Rouge
Updated: May. 19, 2019 at 1:31 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - As AT&T begins installing its cell towers to downtown Baton Rouge and the parish, a civic association will host a public meeting this week to address the issue that’s causing concerns for residents.

The meeting, hosted by the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations, is scheduled for Thursday, May 30 at the Jones Creek Library, starting at 7 p.m. During the meeting, governmental officials will explain the Federal Communications Commission law and its relationship to the city’s code of ordinances. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions and make public comments.

Business owners, in the past, have expressed concern about the new 5G cell phone towers AT&T in downtown Baton Rouge. They believe the towers won’t be aesthetically pleasing. AT&T plans to install 25 towers around downtown, and another 55 across the parish. Other networks are expected to follow.

In a recent article from The Advocate, the cell towers are showing up in residential neighborhoods, and some residents aren’t taking the adjustments well. Homeowners are angry over the towers, calling them “hideous” and saying the towers will devalue their property.

AT&T has published information about its small cell tower initiative.

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