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South Florida Avenue and 5G

Is the City (still?) planning to lease utility pole locations for 5G service?

Is the current configuration of the South Florida Avenue road diet in its final form?


Thank you for your consideration,


Regarding South Florida Avenue within the test area--the current configuration is certainly not the final form and was constructed by FDOT to be temporary, yet be durable enough to provide sufficient time to identify a final street/sidewalk design should the City Commission determine that the overall road-diet meets the safety, economic development and mobility objectives coming out of the 2016-2017 master planning effort.  That decision is expected to occur this summer. 


The concrete islands were placed on top of the existing asphalt to minimize maintenance costs during the test period.


If you have any questions or need additional information, just let me know!

Chuck Barmby

Business Development & Transportation Manager

Community & Economic Development

City of Lakeland

Lakeland Electric went through an exercise to amend our existing pole attachment agreements to now include 5G equipment and we are ready to go.  I suspect any major rollout by the big players, AT&T, Verizon, etc will occur following the rollout in the larger cities, but you can bet we are on the list.


I would further opine that the longer it takes the better as the technology will get better, faster and smaller.  Hence less intrusive on our poles and equipment, aka aesthetics.

Joel Ivy

Lakeland Electric General Manager

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