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A Deep Dive into 5G Small Cell Wireless: Truths, Myths, and Implications for Public Power

Discover the facts and myths surrounding Small Cell Wireless, 5G, and other next-generation wireless technologies, as well as the challenges and opportunities that these developments create for public power utilities.
July 10, 2018

2 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern

This is the first webinar of the Wireless Pole Attachments Webinar Series

Series Description

The rapid and widespread deployment of new small cell wireless broadband facilities has become a priority of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Congress, and many states. As a result, public power utilities across the nation are facing increasingly complex wireless pole attachment issues and growing requests for attachments of small cell facilities or distributed antenna systems are creating significant new challenges.

Learn about the latest developments and most significant issues facing public power utilities at the federal, state and local levels, including an in-depth review of 5G. Hear how public power utilities of all sizes are successfully negotiating agreements and managing wireless attachments. Topics include:

  • Developments at the FCC, state and local level
  • Developments on the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC)
  • Developments in technological, business, and public relations issues

Webinar Description

Wireless carriers and their allies claim that a geometric increase in wireless support facilities within the public rights of way is necessary, in order to enable and support increasingly robust wireless broadband, Smart City initiatives, the Internet of Things, self-driving vehicles, and many other next-generation applications. The widespread push for faster and less expensive access to wireless support facilities could profoundly affect the ability of public power utilities to manage their poles and other facilities.

This webinar will address the facts and myths surrounding Small Cell Wireless, 5G, and other next-generation wireless technologies, as well as the challenges and opportunities that these developments create for public power utilities. 

Who Should Participate

Managers, engineers, lawyers, and other representatives of public power utilities that own or control poles, ducts, conduits, towers, buildings, or other facilities that support wireline or wireless communications attachments.


  • Jim Baller, President, Baller, Stokes & Lide, PC, Washington, D.C.
  • Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology & Energy, Kensington, Maryland
  • Sean Stokes, Principal, Baller, Stokes & Lide, PC, Washington, D.C.

Registration/Fee Information

Individual webinars: $99 for Association; $199 for nonmembers

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The three-part series (discounted rate): $250 for Association members; $550 for nonmembers

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  • Each webinar is worth 1.5 CPEs/.2 CEU/1.5 PDH credits
    CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
  • The completion certificate is only available to the person who registered for the webinar and attendance is confirmed by the webinar report log.
  • Links to all handouts and an audio recording will be sent out shortly after the webinar.

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Contact Us

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