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As mobile demand rises, companies flesh out network with lamp poles
As mobile demand rises, companies flesh out network with lamp poles

If some city streetlights seem slightly taller next year, don't be surprised. As use of wireless devices such as smartphones and tablets continues to explode, companies are increasingly striking deals that will allow them to turn everyday light poles into a kind of mini cellphone tower, increasing the capacity of their networks. City officials introduced legislation last week for a franchise agreement with Extenet Systems, an Illinois-based company that operates infrastructure for telecommunications carriers, that would allow the firm to install antennas on public property, including some of the city's 86,000 lamp poles. Deals with two more firms, which could involve deployment...

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