Information about Cell Towers and 5G Technology

Jun. 28, 2019
 

FAQ: Cell Towers on Denver Public Schools’ Property

There have been some questions and concerns raised in the community about the possibility of 5G cellular technology being placed on cellular antenna on Denver Public Schools’ property. Below is up-to-date information to help address the issues raised. If you have additional questions or concerns, please email us at Firstcall@dpsk12.org or call us at 720-423-4020.

Are there any cellular antenna on DPS property now that use 5G technology?

No. There are currently no cellphone antenna operating with 5G technology on any DPS property.

Is there any work being done to activate cellphone antenna with 5G technology on any DPS schools or facilities?

No. DPS will not allow the activation of 5G technology on any cellphone antenna located on district property while we research any potential health and safety implications of the new technology.

How many cellphone antennas are on DPS property? Are there plans for more?

DPS does have active lease agreements with several telecommunications companies that rent space on our facilities (usually on the rooftop) for a cellphone antenna. Those agreements cover the 4G technology antenna in place at 20 DPS schools and two support facilities. A list of those locations can be found here. There are also a number of sites where a request has been made to add new antenna or modify an existing antenna, which is available here. Again, there will be no activation of 5G technology at any DPS property while we research the health and safety issues.

How are cellphone antenna/towers regulated to ensure they’re safe?

The Federal Communications Commission sets and oversees the health and safety standards for cellphone antenna and towers. And, of course, our rental agreements require telecommunications companies to adhere to those requirements. More information from the FCC on cellphone technology is available here.

Please know that the Denver Public Schools always holds the safety and wellbeing of our students and our community as the highest priority. We remain committed to making sure any and all technology on DPS property complies with relevant government and industry safety regulations and standards.