Wireless phone companies are pushing legislation they say will enable the next generation of cellular technology. The proposal would standardize rules, letting AT&T and other carriers install “small cell" towers on streetlight poles. But Doug Brown, the chief utility engineer with Springfield’s City, Water, Light and Power, says there should be exceptions for bigger cities.
“You know, our customers own our power poles, our street lights, our infrastructure. And we want to be fairly compensated for the use of our infrastructure, our right-of-ways."