Streetlight poles are owned and maintained by the City of San Mateo. Wireless service providers that obtain master license agreements with the City are allowed to attach their equipment to streetlight poles after obtaining the appropriate permits. In these cases, the City owns and maintains the streetlight pole while the wireless service provider owns and maintains the small cell equipment.
The majority of wooden poles are operated by the Northern California Joint Pole Association (NCJPA). Utility poles may have several owners on a joint pole, including electric, telephone, and cable providers. The City does not regulate who can or cannot attach to these poles.
All wiring serving the small cell antennas and electric meters are owned and maintained by the wireless service provider.