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But opponents appealed the exemption to the board, saying the 4-foot-tall boxes would impede pedestrian traffic, inconvenience property owners, and reduce the aesthetic appeal of the city. That's not quite accurate- the boxes actually come in two sizes, 4-foot and over-6-foot and will often be paired. Then there's the 27/7/365 hum that AT&T claims will be no louder than an electric toothbrush. San Francisco is the last lucrative urban market without AT&T's U-Verse service, and the company's been fighting to deploy hundreds of the massive sidewalk boxes- which require cooling fans- to join new fiber optics to existing copper wire technology. Just without an EIR. Supes vote today on whether to require AT&T to jump through the flaming hoops of paperwork. [SF Appeal and previously at Curbed SF]