SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (KFVS) - It it a bird? Is it a tornado siren? Is the government watching me?
These are some of the questions people are asking about something new popping up on southern Illinois telephone poles.
According to Brenda Hill, public relations manager for Verizon, these units on top of the telephone poles are called small cells.
She said these location-sensitive cells are usually placed on utility/telephone poles, street lamps or traffic signal poles. The small cells use less power than a large tower and offer more coverage for all cell phone users; and one day, wi-fi.
According to Hill, the small cells are already located, or will be located, in Marion, Herrin, Carbondale, Murphysboro and possibly Du Quoin.