A company hoping to erect cell phone poles, some as tall as 38 feet, in two of Ocean City’s residential areas was rebuffed Monday night by the City Council. The elected officials are also calling on residents of those neighborhoods to voice their objections as well.
City Engineer Terry McGean told the council Monday that the city staff had denied permits to install about 90 distributed antenna systems in Ocean City, citing concerns on their location and their appearance.
“We have not approved a single one of them at the local level,” McGean said. “We said that we were very strongly opposed to these installations, particularly in our residential neighborhoods where utilities are already undergrounded.”
Mobile operator company Crown Castle first approached resort officials about installing the technology to expand the city’s bandwidth to improve internet accessibility in 2015. That initial proposal sought to install new hardware on existing light and utility poles.