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City of Placentia CA Votes 5-0 to Enter Into Agreement with 5 Bars to Develop Wireless Master and Marketing Plan

IRVINE, Calif. -- 5 Bars Communities, a dba of XG Communities, as a premier provider of wireless master plans, asset marketing agreements and engineering services for cities and municipalities across the United States, announced today Placentia's City Council unanimously voted to authorize staff to enter into an agreement with 5 Bars Communities. Placentia is known as a pristine bedroom community, which has ranked in the top 5 best places to live in California in recent years.

A primary reason for entering into an agreement was 5 Bars Communities' ability to preserve local control over assets while working with the carriers. This effort will preserve Placentia's aesthetics, while enhancing coverage throughout the city. The comprehensive program encompasses intelligent infrastructure technologies, Smart City initiatives and 5G wireless planning.

"After careful consideration, I am happy to support a contract with 5 Bars because it provides several important benefits to our City. This agreement will allow us to maximize the revenue generated from City resources, improve connectivity, protect Placentia's local control and preserve the character of our community," said Chad Wanke, City of Placentia's Mayor Pro Tem.

As wireless carriers densify existing networks, it is estimated that the industry will deploy hundreds of thousands of small cells, making it increasingly difficult for cities to manage the applications process. In collaboration with the carriers, 5 Bars will streamline applications with a predictable process while preserving aesthetics. The State of California is looking to pass preemptive legislation SB649 intended to reduce control over ROW.

"We are thrilled to be working alongside the City of Placentia's leadership as they look to advance their wireless footprint in the growing environment for 5G and Smart City infrastructure," said Monnie McGaffigan, President, 5 Bars Communities.

5 Bars will act as an advocate for the City, offering its intelligent platform which provides an ongoing solution that identifies opportunities for wireless collocation, while minimizing impacts from wireless facility siting decisions. The decision for Fresno to partner with 5 Bars was based on maintaining control, preventing visual blight and increasing connectivity for businesses, residents and citizens. The solution will be the basis to deploy Smart City, enhance business investment, and improve city services.

About 5 Bars Communities:

5 Bars Communities, a dba of XG Communities in Irvine, California, is a premier provider of Small Cell Wireless Marketing Plans and engineering services for Communities, developing comprehensive wireless strategies.

More information: http://5bars.com/communities/.

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5 BARS to Develop Wireless Marketing Plan and Small Cell Program for the City of Fresno, California

IRVINE, Calif. -- 5 Bars Communities, dba XG Communities, a premier provider of wireless master plans, asset marketing agreements and engineering services for cities and municipalities across the United States, announced today an agreement to develop a Wireless Marketing Plan for the City of Fresno, California.

5 Bars(r) Communities has entered into a multi-year agreement with the City of Fresno and will begin marketing the city's assets for small cell and wireless use. This effort will enhance the ability of Fresno's citizens to access high speed wireless connectivity throughout the city. The comprehensive program encompasses intelligent infrastructure technologies, Smart City initiatives and 5G wireless planning.

"This plan allows the City of Fresno to move forward in our 'Smart City' efforts while identifying innovative funding streams that are a part of our ongoing strategy of prudent fiscal management," said Fresno Mayor Lee Brand.

As wireless carriers densify existing networks, it is estimated that the industry will deploy hundreds of thousands of small cells, making it increasingly difficult for cities to manage the applications process. In collaboration with the carriers, 5 Bars will streamline applications with a predictable process while preserving aesthetics. The State of California is looking to pass preemptive legislation SB649 intended to reduce control over ROW.

"We are excited to move forward with 5 Bars and this agreement in order to bring greater coverage to our City, create a platform for Smart City initiatives and drive new revenue to Fresno," said Bryon Horn, CIO, Fresno.

"We are thrilled to be working alongside the City of Fresno's leadership as they look to advance their wireless footprint in the growing environment for 5G and Smart City infrastructure," said Monnie McGaffigan, President, 5 Bars Communities.


5 Bars will act as an advocate for the City, offering its intelligent platform which provides an ongoing solution that identifies opportunities for wireless collocation, while minimizing impacts from wireless facility siting decisions. The decision for Fresno to partner with 5 Bars was based on maintaining control, preventing visual blight and increasing connectivity for businesses, residents and citizens. The solution will be the basis to deploy Smart City, enhance business investment, and improve city services.

About 5 Bars Communities:

5 Bars Communities, dba XG Communities in Irvine, California. A premier provider of Small Cell Wireless Marketing Plans and engineering services for Communities, developing comprehensive wireless strategies.

About Fresno:

In the Top 10 Largest Cities in California with 515,609 residents. 24th most livable city in the U.S. for people 35 and under! The city has become an economic hub of the San Joaquin Valley. With a robust public infrastructure, Fresno equals quality lifestyle with a low cost of living and numerous National Parks.

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City of Sacramento deploys its first Small Cell site

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Working with 5 BARS(R), a leading innovator in Small Cell, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and Wi-Fi wireless services for intelligent infrastructure, the City of Sacramento has approved its first small cell test sites with two major wireless carriers.

Sacramento has been inundated with permit applications for small cell wireless facilities in the right of way. In a race to densify existing networks, wireless providers often submit multiple applications, in some cases over 40 applications simultaneously. As Sacramento struggled to work with carriers on better designs and locations for each submission, the City reached out to 5 Bars to act as a liaison between the carriers and the city's planning department.

After an extensive RFP process, the City of Sacramento selected 5 Bars to develop a Wireless Master Plan on behalf of the City of Sacramento. 5 Bars is successfully working with all 4 major carriers to minimize visual blight and accelerate cellular coverage for the citizens of Sacramento.

"This initial small cell site is the direct result from a collaborative effort between 5 Bars, the City of Sacramento and the carriers. We worked in collaboration on an approval process and an aesthetically pleasing solution that works for everyone," said Darin Arcolino, IT Director with the City of Sacramento.

As the California Legislature works to pass SB 649, a Bill that would preempt local authority on small cell siting by eliminating local zoning and aesthetic requirements, the City of Sacramento and 5 Bars proactively worked with the carriers to incentivize the deployment of wireless facility designs, where antennas and radios compliment existing structures.

"We have been working diligently with the City of Sacramento and the carriers to ensure the citizens receive the benefits of great coverage, and the carriers get what they need. Orchestrating a solution that all parties can agree to in a timely manner is a win-win for all," said Monnie McGaffigan, President 5 Bars.

As a result, the City of Sacramento has issued and built its first test site. Additionally, hundreds of applications are in process for smalls cells throughout the city. 5 Bars continues to work with the City of Sacramento towards its connected city goals.

About 5 Bars:

5 Bars is an Irvine, California, privately held premier provider of Wireless Master Plans for Counties, Cities and Large Scale Venues developing comprehensive wireless strategies through a unique holistic view of all assets, coverage and capacity. 5 Bars offers fully managed wireless solutions, network development, ownership and end-to-end management delivering commercial indoor and outdoor distributed antenna systems (DAS), carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks, and small cell systems on behalf of properties and service providers.

For more information, visit http://5bars.com/.

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Alessandro Feitosa joins 5 Bars as Vice President, Solution Engineering

IRVINE, Calif. -- 5 BARS(R) announced today that Alessandro Feitosa has joined 5 Bars as Vice President, Solution Engineering. Alessandro brings 15 years of experience and expertise in the sports and technology space. He has led strategic pursuits and deployments across the globe.

Alessandro has been involved with the design, engineering, installation and management of high density Wi-Fi networks, including World Cup Soccer, MLB, NHL and NBA facilities as well as dozens of stadiums worldwide.

Prior to joining 5 Bars, Alessandro held key technology roles at Nokia, Cisco, Juniper Networks and Ruckus Wireless.

"We are beyond thrilled to have Alessandro join the 5 Bars team," said Monnie McGaffigan, President of 5 Bars. "His expertise in this space is second to none and anyone that has worked with Alessandro appreciates his experience and commitment to excellence."

About 5 Bars:

5 Bars is an Irvine, California based, privately held premier provider of Wireless Master Plans for Counties, Cities, Stadiums and Large Scale Venues developing comprehensive wireless strategies through a unique holistic view of all assets, coverage and capacity.

5 Bars offers fully managed wireless solutions, network development, ownership and end-to-end management delivering commercial indoor and outdoor distributed antenna systems (DAS), carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks, and small cell systems on behalf of cities, properties and service providers.

For more information, visit http://5bars.com/.

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The Largest Livestock Show and Rodeo In The World to be ‘Cowboy Connected’ by 5 BARS

HOUSTON, Texas -- 5 BARS(R) installed a state-of-the-art carrier-grade Wi-Fi network to ensure the performance required for the crowds of the largest rodeo in the world, The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, one of the City of Houston's "signature events."

This 20 day long event draws some of the biggest crowds and recording artists in the world. Headliners include Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Alicia Keys and many more. The event also features livestock auctions, a carnival and wine competitions. With total attendance of over 2 million guests, 5 Bars' network will be supporting the heavy demand required by the Rodeo participants, fans and hundreds of volunteers.

About the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo:

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, also called RodeoHouston or abbreviated HLSR is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitating better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has grown to be the largest livestock show and rodeo in the world, attracting more than 2.4 million people to the annual event from across the world, and the Show's support of Texas youth is nearly $430 million.

About NRG Park:

NRG Park is the premier sports, convention, tradeshow and entertainment complex located in Harris County, the cultural center and urban hub of Houston. NRG Park hosts over 5.5 million guests annually and is comprised of four large facilities; NRG Stadium which is one of the busiest venues in the country and home to the NFL's Houston Texans, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Super Bowl(R) LI, with hundreds of events and seating for 72,500 fans.

About 5 Bars:

5 Bars is an Irvine, California based, privately held premier provider of Wireless Master Plans for Counties, Cities and Large Scale Venues developing comprehensive wireless strategies through a unique holistic view of all assets, coverage and capacity. 5 Bars offers fully managed wireless solutions, network development, ownership and end-to-end management delivering commercial indoor and outdoor distributed antenna systems (DAS), carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks, and small cell systems on behalf of cities, properties and service providers.

For more information, visit http://5bars.com/.

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5 BARS Resets the Wi-Fi ‘BAR’ for Wireless Data Usage and Performance During Sunday’s Super Bowl LI

IRVINE, Calif. -- 5 BARS(R), a premier provider of wireless solutions, set a new record for any single-day wireless data usage event on the Wi-Fi system installed and operating at NRG Stadium. During Super Bowl LI, the Wi-Fi system recorded data usage of 12.2 TB, exceeding last year's record from Levi Stadium.

Overall data usage exceeded 40 TB when cellular data usage is included. Verizon reported a 57% increase over last year with 11 terabytes of cellular data usage. AT&T reported an 88% increase to 9.8 terabytes. Sprint reported a three-fold increase to 5.0 terabytes. T-Mobile reported data usage nearly twice as much as usual, with 2.1 terabytes reported last year.

5 Bars worked with the NFL, Verizon, Super Bowl Host Committee, Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation and SMG to plan, design and build the technologically advanced high density Wi-Fi network to support the specific needs of the sellout crowd at NRG Stadium for the 2017 Super Bowl. Connectivity was the top priority to ensure maximum fan interaction during the big game.

"We are beyond pleased with the performance of the network 5 Bars delivered to NRG Stadium on Sunday. The day was filled with new records and unexpected outcomes, and we are so proud to be a part of history," said Monnie McGaffigan, President of 5 Bars. "The partnership and team work involved to bring a state of the art Wi-Fi network and exceptional experience to 77,000 fans was nothing short of herculean," declared McGaffigan.

About 5 Bars:

5 Bars is an Irvine, California based, privately held premier provider of Wireless Master Plans for Counties, Cities and Large Scale Venues developing comprehensive wireless strategies through a unique holistic view of all assets, coverage and capacity. 5 Bars offers fully managed wireless solutions, network development, ownership and end-to-end management delivering commercial indoor and outdoor distributed antenna systems (DAS), carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks, and small cell systems on behalf of properties and service providers.

For more information visit http://www.5bars.com/.

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5 Bars to Develop Wireless Master Plan for the City of Twentynine Palms

IRVINE, Calif. -- 5 BARS(R), a premier provider of wireless master plans and marketing agreements for cities and municipalities across the United States, announced today an agreement to develop a Wireless Master Plan for the City of Twentynine Palms.

5 Bars has entered into an agreement to deliver a Wireless Master Plan to the City of Twentynine Palms and to begin wireless marketing and management services of the City of Twentynine Palms' assets. When fully implemented, this plan will enhance the ability for all citizens to publicly access high speed wireless connectivity throughout the city. The comprehensive program encompasses intelligent infrastructure technologies, smart city initiatives and 5G wireless planning.

"This program supports the city's wireless strategy and puts us in the driver's seat for the migration toward advanced wireless technologies," said Frank J. Luckino, City Manager, City of Twentynine Palms.

"We are excited to be working with the city's progressive leadership and contributing technology and smart infrastructure planning that will positively impact its citizens for many years to come," said Greg Steininger, National Vice President of 5 Bars. "Connectivity is the backbone of a progressive city economy, and master planning such as this creates a smart network, integrated technology and a holistic wireless ecosystem that works to improve quality of life and economic sustainability."

About 5 Bars:

5 Bars is an Irvine, California, privately held premier provider of Wireless Master Plans for Counties, Cities and Large Scale Venues developing comprehensive wireless strategies through a unique holistic view of all assets, coverage and capacity. 5 Bars offers fully managed wireless solutions, network development, ownership and end-to-end management delivering commercial indoor and outdoor distributed antenna systems (DAS), carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks, and small cell systems on behalf of properties and service providers.

For more information, visit www.5bars.com

About Twentynine Palms:

The City of Twentynine Palms is the home of Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters and Main Park Entrance (aka the North Entrance) and proud host of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, the world's largest Marine Corps training base. The City is renowned for its world class murals and artists, supportive business climate, pristine air, beautiful natural surroundings, desert and mountain vistas, and friendly family lifestyle. Beyond the last of the traffic lights, we are the gateway to the Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree National Park, the Mojave National Preserve, and the great California Outback. Enjoy our website, but we also invite you to experience the history, culture, lustrous starlit skies, breath-taking sunsets and sunrises in person.

For more information, visit http://www.ci.twentynine-palms.ca.us

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5 BARS Positions NRG Stadium As One of the Most Connected Stadiums

IRVINE, Calif. -- 5 BARS(R), a premier provider of wireless solutions, has positioned NRG Stadium as one of the most connected football stadiums today in time to support the biggest data-usage event in sports, next week’s Super Bowl LI. 5 Bars deployed a secure, reliable high density Wi-Fi network to support the heavy demand required by the team, venue and fans.
 
5 Bars worked with the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation to plan, design and build the high density Wi-Fi network to meet the needs of the biggest crowds at NRG Stadium and the upcoming Super Bowl LI. Wireless connectivity is 5 Bars’ top priority to ensure fan interaction for maximum simultaneous users at the 72,000+ seat facility.
 
NRG Stadium and 5 Bars embarked with great success to deliver a state-of-the-art network within a very tight time line as demanded by the NFL and ensure the performance required for the big day. The high density Wi-Fi network, which was nonexistent in the past, now covers 1.9 million square feet of the stadium through the deployment of 1,250 Extreme Networks access points and switches. This publicly-accessible, fan-enhancing network allows users to be fully connected inside the stadium.
 
“We are proud to be part of such a high profile venue. NRG Stadium is one of the largest and busiest stadiums in the country. To be able to deliver a world-class Wi-Fi system in such a short time frame, speaks volumes about the team we were working with and the importance of the Super Bowl,” said Monnie McGaffigan, President of 5 Bars. “We are excited to see the system in full action.”

About NRG Park:
 
NRG Park is the premier sports, convention, tradeshow and entertainment complex located in Harris County, the cultural center and urban hub of Houston. NRG Park hosts over 5.5 million guests annually and is comprised of four large facilities; NRG Stadium which is one of the busiest venues in the country and home to the NFL’s Houston Texans, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Super Bowl(R) LI, with hundreds of events and seating for 72,500 fans; NRG Center offering 1.4 million square feet of exhibition space, NRG Arena with 8,000 seats, 26,000 parking spaces and the Astrodome.

About 5 Bars:
 
5 Bars is an Irvine, California based, privately held premier provider of Wireless Master Plans for Counties, Cities and Large Scale Venues developing comprehensive wireless strategies through a unique holistic view of all assets, coverage and capacity. 5 Bars offers fully managed wireless solutions, network development, ownership and end-to-end management delivering commercial indoor and outdoor distributed antenna systems (DAS), carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks, and small cell systems on behalf of properties and service providers.
 
For more information, visit http://5bars.com/.

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5 BARS names Monnie McGaffigan President

IRVINE, Calif. -- 5 BARS(R) announced today the appointment of Monnie McGaffigan as president of the wireless solutions firm. 5 Bars is a premier provider of master wireless plans and marketing agreements for cities and municipalities across the United States.

"We are fortunate to have such great breadth and talent within the 5 Bars team. As we begin 2017, I would like to recognize the contributions made in our organization," said John Clarey, CEO of 5 Bars. "Monnie is a talented leader who has developed our organization into a first-class service provider, advocating for our clients to create the best wireless experience for their citizens, residents, businesses, fans and visitors."

Monnie joined 5 Bars in 2015 as Senior Vice President, leading business development, carrier relations and program management in our Sports and Large Public Venues group. During her time at 5 Bars, she gained additional responsibilities leading the 5 Bars Communities division.

Monnie is an experienced customer champion, and leading the advocacy for cities in their advancement of wireless technologies was a natural fit. As a 25-year technology veteran, McGaffigan has an extensive wireless background that includes experience with carriers, cable operators, service and infrastructure providers alongside emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things. Her extensive background will accelerate the 5 Bars Communities vision.

About 5 Bars:

5 Bars is a privately held company in Irvine, Calif. that provides wireless master planning for communities, stadiums and large-scale venues through master planning network development, ownership and management. 5 Bars works with venue owners to design, build, operate, monetize and maintain state-of-the-art seamless wireless networks with world-class infrastructure while enhancing wireless connectivity. 5 Bars is a leading provider of commercial indoor and outdoor neutral host DAS, small cells and high density carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks. For more information, visit http://5Bars.com/.


About 5 Bars Communities:

5 Bars Communities(TM) provides wireless master planning, marketing and management of network infrastructure including cell tower, outdoor small cells and distributed antenna systems. 5 Bars provides cities and communities new capabilities, additional revenue streams, operational efficiencies and strong benefits to the economy to create a modern framework for livable sustainable smart cities.

For more information, visit http://5bars.com/communities/.

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5 Bars welcomes Greg Steininger as National Vice President of Communities

IRVINE, Calif. -- 5 Bars(TM) a leader in wireless technology solutions, announced the appointment of Greg Steininger as National Vice President, Communities. 5 Bars is a premier provider of wireless master plans and asset marketing for cities, counties and large-scale venues.

As a 20 year leader in technology and telecommunications, Steininger brings extensive background building highly successful sales organizations and State & Local programs. Steininger will lead the 5 Bars Communities team focusing on the acceleration of small cell and 5G deployments for cities and municipalities throughout the country.

"I could not be more excited to be part of a team that is dedicated to partnering with and advocating for Communities as they proactively develop a Wireless Master Plan that enhances communication capabilities for its businesses and residents, while protecting the city's assets and aesthetics," said Steininger.

Steininger spent his formative years with IBM, GE, and Nextel, where he was part of the team that built Nextel's national public sector program. He led the West Region Public Sector sales organization up until and beyond the merger with Sprint.

"Steininger's background extends beyond providing technology solutions. His diverse experience in both business and the military provides us with a unique perspective in continuing to build a culture of results, discipline and excellence," said 5 Bars CEO, John Clarey.

Greg is a graduate of the University of Southern California and a veteran of the United States Army.

About 5 Bars:

5 Bars is a privately held company in Irvine Calif. that provides wireless master planning for communities, stadiums and large-scale venues through master planning network development, ownership and management. 5 Bars works with venue owners to design, build, operate, monetize and maintain state-of-the-art seamless wireless networks with world-class infrastructure while enhancing wireless connectivity. 5 Bars is a leading provider of commercial indoor and outdoor neutral host DAS, small cells and high density carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks. For more information, visit http://5Bars.com/.

About 5 Bars Communities:

5 Bars Communities(TM) provides Wireless Master Planning, Marketing and Management of network infrastructure including cell tower, outdoor small cells and distributed antenna systems. 5 Bars provides cities and communities new capabilities, additional revenue streams, operational efficiencies and strong benefits to the economy to create a modern framework for livable sustainable smart cities.

For more information, visit http://5bars.com/communities.

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