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Denver residents upset about sudden cell-signal poles installed in front of buildings

Posted at 12:37 PM, Mar 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-13 14:37:06-04

DENVER (AP) — Verizon has installed 30-foot (9.14-meter) poles topped with antennas that boost signal strength in a one- to two-block radius throughout Denver, and city officials say they expect hundreds, or perhaps thousands, more.

The Denver Post reports some local property owners, city groups and officials have protested the location of some of the poles, pressuring the city's Department of Public Works to take action. The department confirms it has asked Verizon to move some poles elsewhere.

“The general concern was just aesthetics,” said Kevin Logan, the homeowners association president. “They didn’t pay attention to the fact that it’s the entrance to our building.”

That stance followed Denver's recent adoption of more stringent rules for where newly permitted poles should be placed — preferably closer to street corners and away from homes — and a requirement that the companies notify adjacent property owners before installation. In part, the city was responding to months of questions from surprised property owners and landlords.