The Big Picture on Small Cells – Save the Date for MACo’s 2018 Symposium

MACo hosts an annual members-only symposium on a hot topic for county governments. This year, we’re focusing on small cells.

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Newton White Mansion (2708 Enterprise Rd, Mitchellville, MD 20721)

Destechnology-sml.jpgcription: Communities today crave faster data speeds and more reliable service. 5G – the next generation of wireless services – promises to deliver on all that and more in the upcoming years. Small cells are being billed as one bridge to the 5G future…a bridge built on local infrastructure and rights of ways. As the public and private sectors explore this emerging technology and shape its legislative and regulatory framework, local governments need to not only be prepared for the future but be proactive in ensuring what is best for their communities. Through a collaborative exchange, this symposium will explore some of the challenges and opportunities of the deployment of small cells and seek to provide best practices and possible solutions for local governments.


9:30 am – 10:00 am Refreshments and Exhibits
10:00 am – 10:15 am Welcome and Introduction
10:15 am – 11:00 am Small Cell 101 and the Race to 5G
What are small cells? How do they work? Why are they the all talk of the residents and businesses in town? Learn the basics of what every local government should know about small cells.
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Major Issues
What challenges do local governments face managing small cells on their public infrastructure and in their ROWs? What issues are on the horizon? Learn more about the powers and pitfalls of siting small cells and the boundaries of local government authority.
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch & Exhibits
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Best Practices/Success Stories
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel! Get ahead of the curve by building on best practices and model ordinances from your peers.
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Facilitated Discussion
Share comments and questions with other symposium attendees, led by an expert in the field.
3:15 – 3:30 pm Summary and Next Steps

This symposium is only free for MACo Members (county elected/appointed officials and professionals).


Commercial or industry participants must be exhibitors or sponsors to participate. Review the sponsorship/exhibitor flyer or contact Nicolette Querry for more information.