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Plan to Fix Broken Streetlights Goes before Rules Committee

Leasing streetlights to cell phone providers could expand 4G service and get some of the city’s broken lights fixed.

Copper wire theft and other problems leave hundreds of streetlights dark, creating a public safety problem in several neighborhoods. But what if the city leases these poles to telecom companies as cell stations to expand their 4G network? Councilmembers Rose Herrera and Sam Liccardo proposed the idea, saying the lights get fixed, courtesy of Philips, and San Jose receives better cell phone service while residents aren’t left in the dark.

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