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Communities Are Fighting 5G, Permit by Permit

NIMBY backlash is complicating the next generation of wireless internet technology, with recent help from the California Supreme Court.
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As soon as the first 5G poles went up, the residents of Upper Cole Valley wanted them down.

Later, residents would take issue with the notice that informed the community of plans to install 5G wireless internet equipment—they say it was “poorly affixed to the single pole,” allowing it to either fall off or be blown off; and that San Francisco’s Public Works Department didn’t give them enough time to weigh in on the process.