Community Benefits

Enhancing Mobile Connectivity with Distributed Networks

Communities that facilitate the investments required in mobile and wireless infrastructure can benefit tremendously from advanced communications and connectivity. These benefits can include:

  • Improvements in the local economic development climate
  • Enhanced public safety
  • Cost-effective provisioning of basic and advanced telecommunications services
  • Reduced environmental impacts

Technology is often regarded as a catalyst for growth. Technology, in our view, is an enabler. The true catalyst for growth is the advanced connectivity which the underlying technology enables and delivers. Advanced, reliable, ubiquitous and readily available broadband connectivity is the basis for communications, productivity, efficiency and public safety across a neighborhood and across the community.


According to the FCC, 70 percent of 911 calls are placed from wireless phones. A 2010 Consumer Report National Research Center survey of more than 2,000 subscribers who made at least one 911 call in the year revealed that of the people who used their wireless phone to initiate the 911 call, 71 percent did not possess a viable landline option. In such instances, cellular phone service availability can truly be life-saving.


While public safety and mobility are becoming increasingly synonymous, the intrinsic value of anytime-anywhere connectivity and the inherent benefits can be more widespread. Increased productivity, operational efficiency and ease of communications are proven to be correlated with widespread availability of mobile and wireless broadband connectivity.

Today’s growing portfolio of smart connected mobile devices, with quick access to a multitude of mobile applications, initiate significantly more data traffic, video sessions and continuous social media activity, than legacy tethered devices across both residential and business user communities. A significant paradigm shift is also happening alongside. Landline replacement is increasing at a rapid pace today with roughly 40 percent of US households already disconnected from the legacy telephone infrastructure and actively relying on their cellular smartphones as their primary communications device. In contrast, 71 percent of homes had landlines in 2011 and 96 percent in 1976.

ExteNet’s distributed networks are generally designed to be shared by multiple wireless carriers. These networks are made up of small scale communications facilities (cables, amplifiers, signal converters, radio equipment) that are co-located with other utilities, primarily by means of installation on existing utility poles or in conduits in the public rights-of-way (ROW) and on other public infrastructure. Large scale increases in the capacity for delivery of wireless services can, thereby, be achieved with minimal environmental and aesthetic impact. We continually evaluate innovative network architectures and solutions to further minimize any negative impact on the community.

Our goal is to establish long-term positive relationships with community residents and local officials so that we can work closely together to enable high-capacity mobile communications services for all and deliver the inherent positive benefits that come with advanced connectivity. Communities have different needs and perspectives, and we spend the time to understand how to best accommodate them. Proactively serving our communities is a deep rooted mission for our team and the entire ExteNet team is involved in supporting this endeavor.