By involving the citizens who make up the communities we work in we ensure deployments are equitable and sustainable, giving the citizens a voice around the implementation of the infrastructure they interact with every day.
Stakeholders should include not just the utility and public works departments, but also the historic societies where applicable, business and resident groups, in the design process. Including everyone in the early planning phase ensures buy-in beyond just participation and real say and ownership in the outcome. Design and propose things that people want.
Municipalities can and should craft design guidelines that are fair and are applied consistently, with appropriate levels of control. By, for example, setting standards for industrial areas that differ from residential areas and allowing speed and ease of deployments for carriers where it does not butt up against concerns for preservationists. Where historic areas are involved, utmost care should be taken to preserve the nature of neighborhoods and include insights from experts in the design phase, rather than simply giving them veto power.
If a programmatic approach can be taken so that all concerned parties know that they are part of the process and have a fair voice then patience and prudence can prevail. The result can be a neighborhood that everyone can be proud of – because they participated in making it a reality.