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    Sprint lost $180M on abandoned monopole network build-out plan

    What did these look like? I had noticed a bunch of dual whip antennas on light poles, powered by solar around my area. Were these them?

    https://www.fiercewireless.com/wirel...-buildout-plan

    I will take a picture later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon_73 View Post
    What did these look like? I had noticed a bunch of dual whip antennas on light poles, powered by solar around my area. Were these them?

    https://www.fiercewireless.com/wirel...-buildout-plan

    I will take a picture later.
    https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1092573...20REDACTED.pdf

    It's the Mini-Macro Monopole and finding decent nearly free government land strategy. At least they only lost 181m and not billions. These were 80ft or 100ft sites which were to localize coverage in 2.5mhz right in your housing development and neighborhood . All they had to do was read howardforums and they would have known NOT to do it. Fight the local neighborhood petitioning to stop it, then the town, then the county, Then the state. Then fight in court even when the petitions in the community have the final say. Just awful.

    So now it's in the news. Business is bad and are in trouble. This is NOT good press for sales.
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    just sprint being sprint again...they never do anything they say they are

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    Was this the plan where they were going to just throw up their own poles anywhere they wanted that weren't much shorter than a cell tower?

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    Here's a pic of one that I took in April, but it's not the ones I'm thinking of now that have two whips and solar power in between. I just have to remember to stop next time I see the latter. Hmm, I hope this attachment works. Someone said this was Ricochet, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morphling27 View Post
    Was this the plan where they were going to just throw up their own poles anywhere they wanted that weren't much shorter than a cell tower?
    Pretty much. Mobilitie was also caught with d/b/a's like Illinois Utility Pole Authority to make it seem like they were a public utility so they could skirt the normal zoning and permitting rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon_73 View Post
    Here's a pic of one that I took in April, but it's not the ones I'm thinking of now that have two whips and solar power in between. I just have to remember to stop next time I see the latter. Hmm, I hope this attachment works. Someone said this was Ricochet, I think.

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    Those look like gridstream rf transceivers for smart meters.

    Sent from my VS996 using HoFo mobile app

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    Thanks. So not cell related at all.

    I found this one, which seems to be Sprint B25 only. I'm still trying to confirm.

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    I'm still scratching my head on what the monopoles look like. I found one of the dual-whip light pole sites today and saw no evidence of LTE anywhere at Band 4 or under. Here's what it looks like if someone can ID it. There are many around here, but it still took me a few days to get lucky and drive by one again. It looks like ham radio 2m antennas, so they are probably somewhere in the 150MHz or 450MHz range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimMcGraff View Post
    Pretty much. Mobilitie was also caught with d/b/a's like Illinois Utility Pole Authority to make it seem like they were a public utility so they could skirt the normal zoning and permitting rules.
    I mean, why not go full hog if you're trying to skirt things?

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