Crown Castle provided Dunwoody City Council sketches of how 'mini cell towers' would be installed on existing utility poles.
Crown Castle provided Dunwoody City Council sketches of how ‘mini cell towers’ would be installed on existing utility poles.

The city of Dunwoody agreed Jan. 25 to allow two companies to install “mini cell towers” to existing city-owned utility poles at a cost of $500 each year for each installation.

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Crown Castle and Mobilitie, wireless providers, will have 90 days to install the equipment designed to boost network reach mostly on utility poles around the mall and in the Perimeter area.

The original contract between the companies and Dunwoody called for 120 days to install the equipment. However, Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch said this length of time would be too inconvenient for residents. The council approved her amendment to shorten the time to 90 days.

“Efficiency is key. You get in, get it done, get out,” Deutsch said. Some of her constituents have complained about workers in front of their homes at 8 p.m., she added.

The smaller devices attach to existing utility poles. The technology is housed in what looks like box or a cabinet, housing wires and antennae designed to bring faster Internet and allow wireless technology users access to more data.

Ellen Smith, attorney for Crown Castle, noted that the council has discussed this issue at its November and December meetings.

“If approved, this would be advantageous to the city,” she said. “It would be removing right-of-way clutter and be free revenue for the city.”

Both contracts are good for five years.

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.

2 replies on “Dunwoody approves ‘mini cell tower’ contracts”

  1. Ok where does Crown Castle make there money ?
    If they are paying $500.00 per pole . who or what
    Company are they working with ? Verizon , Infinity /Comcast ect.
    How do They Get Paid ?

    1. According to a Yahoo news story (, Crown Castle, as of Dec. 31, 2013, “owned, leased, or managed approximately 39,600 towers in the United States, including Puerto Rico; and approximately 1,700 towers in Australia.” The company in turn provides access, via long-term contracts, to these towers and other wireless infrastructure to such companies as AT&T and Verizon.

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