Some residents in Marion have noticed some strange looking black boxes on light poles in certain neighborhoods. No, it's not some kind of government surveillance program. It's actually a device designed to help get you better cellular service.

Verizon has begun installing the small boxes with the goal of expanding the companies cellular network. The program is called the Small Cell Project. Officials with Verizon said that the devices are needed because people are using more wireless devices to do more tasks than ever before. The small black boxes are typically placed in areas with high data usage. Each box has a radio, antenna, power and fiber connections.

Verizon is paying for the boxes and the installation of the all of the units. Marion city leaders requested that the boxes be put on light poles in areas where street lights are limited. So far the reaction from customers has been positive, sighting increased cellular speeds.

 

[via CBS2]