City of McKinney considers installing 5G wireless network to promote future development

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The city of McKinney is considering an upgrade to its wireless technology in certain parts of the city.

McKinney City Council began discussions on implementing fifth generation wireless technology during a work session April 22.

5G is one of the fastest wireless communication systems available, according to a presentation during the work session. It would allow for the adoption of new industries including autonomous vehicles, smart communities, higher data transfer rates and new industrial advancements.

Better wireless technology would also help the city attract future developments to the area, Gary Graham, director of engineering for the city of McKinney, said at the work session.

City staff is specifically looking to implement 5G technology along the SH 121 corridor, Graham said.

This 5G technology would be built onto a network of small cell poles, according to a presentation during the meeting. Cellular providers are anticipated to have their own 5G networks, but they will need to partner with the city to install necessary equipment in high-demand areas.

Council will consider a resolution adopting the guiding principles for 5G implementation during a May 21 meeting.

These guidelines include minimizing disruption of public and private properties, ensuring efficient use of public and private assets and maintaining consistency with the city’s comprehensive land development plan among other guiding principles.

If the resolution is approved, the city expects to begin planning for 5G implementation at the SH 121 corridor this summer, according to the presentation.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated. The 5G resolution will be considered by City Council during the May 21 regular meeting. 

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  1. So now we provide free wireless services? The City can find better ways to spend our money like maybe repairing our secondary roads!

    • no. this is not what’s happening, the city can’t provide wireless service, the don’t own spectrum. FCC law and texas local government code grant Wireless providers the right to deploy these networks regardless of what the city thinks. The City is just trying to get ahead of the curve, they’re being proactive and not reactive which is a good thing. They are trying to adopt guiding principles on how to guide 5G/Small Cell Development, the service is coming regardless, may as well do it the right way.

      • I just learned about a 5G Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against the FCC by Municipalities Across the USA. I have been looking into the effects and they do not look good. The utmost concern should be the safety of McKinney residents, specifically our children.

  2. It’s amazing how everyone blindly accepts these new technologies. Is it not concerning at all that we, the people, essentially have no say in this development? West coast cities are trying to block 5G installation for a reason: we have no idea how this will affect us.

    A key difference between current wireless technology and 5G is the wavelength and density of cell towers. 5G is faster because of shorter wavelengths broadcasting between very closely coupled cell towers.

    I’m not expecting 5G to cause sickness, but it’s ironic we all scramble to find cures while simultaneously developing and implementing technologies that we have no idea how they will affect us in the long run.

    • Right on the mark. Current science and medicine just doesn’t know or care to tell us what the long term effects of RF radiation saturation will do to the human body. Given the transmission nodes required density to provide high speed service is multiple that of 4g, and therefore, the number of antennas needed with exponentially greater – an eyesore, and I believe a health hazard. So, absent any firm information either way, it’s “damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead” with spending our tax dollars on a questionable project both economically and health wise. I for one do not want the City spending my money on this even if it is a ROW play or if the City actually wants to invest in and build a 5g network. The two articles from Impact are so poorly written (Impact writing is mostly terrible) I cant tell. Impact should stick to restaurant reviews and HS football.

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Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.
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