Clearwire is slated to rollout their service on December 15th in San Franciso, and while they’ve not announced any delay in their efforts, some parts of the “City by the Bay” might not exactly be swimming in signal when that date hits. The Board of Supervisor’s in San Fran’s Bernal Heights neighborhood recently repealed a conditional user permit given to Clear way back in July.
The purpose of the permit was to allow for the installation of five internet switch antennas in the region that would have provided better coverage in the Excelsior, the Mission, Mission Dolores, and Silver Terrace areas. Not being able to provide quality service as promised is sure to put a dent in Clearwire’s local efforts if not on a larger scale. San Francisco is after all, a major metropolitan area ranking 13th in U.S. population. Above all though, failure to impress in the region known for hosting technological innovators won’t help them shed the nail from their proverbial coffin.
There has been a growing backlash by many local residents concerned with health issues as service providers move to upgrade their networks and install new antennas, but this was not necessarily the key factor in the denial. Rather, it was due to the fact that the conditional use standards agreed upon when the original permit was signed between the American Tower Corporation for use by T-Mobile had not been met. Those conditions included landscaping, keeping the tower graffiti-free and the adding of proper fencing. It was also demanded as part of the agreement that T-Mobile legalize their antennas, which they have yet to do, but still have 3 years to comply with.… Read the rest