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Wireless Technology and Your Health

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Many people fear the effect that cell phones have on their health and believe they have a negative impact in the long run, but the CTIA, an international trade association that represents the wireless communications industry, took the time to look into wireless technology and how it affects your health. People hear the words “radiation” and “cell phones” and assume it’s the same radiation that is associated with medical x-rays.
The CTIA explains that, “Medical X-rays in large enough doses can ionize (i.e., affect electrons around atoms and molecules) and thereby damage biological material. Therefore they are known as ‘ionizing’ radiation.’ As the FDA points out on its website, radio frequency waves do not have enough energy to ionize biological material and therefore are categorized as ‘non-ionizing.’ As the FDA notes, other types of non-ionizing radiation include ‘visible light’ and ‘infrared radiation (heat).’”
The FCC also reported that currently there is no scientific evidence establishing a causal link between wireless device use and cancer or other illnesses. Wireless phones include both cell phones and the cordless phones. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has even conducted extensive research and concluded that, “To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use.”
August 13, 2013 |

Members Of Starks, Maine Worry Over Health Effects of Proposed Cell Tower

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The residents of Starks, Maine are worried about the possible construction of a telecommunications tower because of the health effects it could have on their children and the farmland. The Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 prohibits government entities from making decisions on the construction of towers based on health concerns. However, there is no evidence that suggests there are negative health effects from close proximity to a cell tower.
Rachel Ohm of the Morning Sentinel reported that, “The proposed tower has become a controversial issue in the town of about 650 people since the company filed a building application with the planning board on June 6.

The American Cancer Society and the World Health Organization have similar views on the health effects of cell towers and believe they pose little risk. The FCC also limits the amount of RF waves that can be transmitted from the towers, which construction companies must comply with.

August 8, 2013 |

Washington Residents Seek Stricter Cell Tower Standards

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Members of the Yakima, Washington community have sought out stricter standards of cell phone towers, which is why there is a public hearing at the Planning Commission tonight to let both sides share their views. The telecommunications companies believe that stricter regulations will make it difficult to install new towers at a quick pace, which will hinder their ability to keep up with the demand for wireless service.

Currently the city of Yakima has very limited regulations when it comes to the construction of cell phone towers. The residents want to restrict cell tower standards to maintain the aesthetic appeal of the community as well as the property values. 
August 8, 2013 |

Tucson Arizona Residents Oppose Cell Tower For Many Reasons

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AT&T proposed to build a cell tower that is 65-foot tall in the Tucson, AZ area; however, three neighborhood associations have expressed their opposition towards this tower saying it will be too close to home and pose safety issues. AT&T planned to disguise this cell tower as a palm tree and plan several other palm trees in the same area to create a more aesthetic appeal. The residents feel that the tower and these palm trees will block their view of the mountains.
Sonu Wasu reported for the Tucson News Now that, “The zoning officer felt cell towers can be lightning rods and being so close to homes created a big concern of lightning strikes in the neighborhood. Noise was also listed as a concern in the document.  Residents said the cooling units around the cell towers would be very loud and have to be running day and night.” These are concerns of neighbors of this community even though the proposed cell tower is 300 feet away from the closest home.

AT&T’s proposed tower complies with the FCC health and safety guidelines and AT&T had invested about $80 million in the Tucson community within the last three years and because data traffic had increased, there is a need for more towers. 
August 6, 2013 |

Mark Your Calendars For The Wireless Infrastructure Show

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The 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show will be held on October 7-10 in Hollywood, Florida. This is a convention where you can network, gain insight, generate buzz, or focus on trade show exhibits.

The Wireless Infrastructure Show answers the questions: Who attends?

More than 2,000 thought leaders and industry innovators from across the entire wireless infrastructure ecosystem and nearly 100 exhibitors attend the Wireless Infrastructure Show. Network with infrastructure owners and operators, carriers, investment community representatives, government officials, equipment manufacturers and service providers.

Past participants include representatives from Qualcomm, American Tower, Crown Castle, AT&T, Bank of American Merrill Lynch, Sprint, JP Morgan, Black & Vetch, Ericsson, T-Mobile, BB&T Atlantic Risk Management, and Intel. This is the premier industry event that focuses on companies, equipment, and technologies that will enable the next generation of wireless. You can register for this event by clicking here. Mark your calendars and make sure to attend this event held by the PCIA!
July 31, 2013 |

Residents Sue City to Stop Construction of Tower On Church Property

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In Durham, North Carolina eight residents are suing the city as a way to block the proposed installation of a 120-foot cell phone tower on the property of a North Carolina church. The lawsuit was filed on July 3rd. Ray Gronberg reported in the Herald Sun that, “the lawsuit argues that Durham’s land-use regulations delegate too much authority to administrators when it comes to weighing applications for tower placements.”

The members of this community don’t believe the tower is compatible with the surrounding area and will potentially affect property values and safety. This tower is designed to be dressed up as a tree to make it more aesthetically pleasing. The lawsuit filed by the residents didn’t challenge the city’s decision; it did, however, ask a judge to apply to the case a doctrine that says cities and counties must use court-like procedures when an application requires a judgment call about issues like appearance and effects on property values.

That means among other things taking evidence using rules similar to those that would apply in a civil-court proceeding, and allowing the cross-examination of witnesses. Administrative rulings under that doctrine should be limited to issues where the answer to a question is clear-cut – such as whether there’s a wide-enough buffer between a new structure and its neighbors,” Gronberg explained. 
July 31, 2013 |

Starks Residents File A Cell Tower Moratorium

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A group of residents from Starks, Maine are asking their selectmen for a moratorium on telecommunications towers. This is in response to an application that was submitted by a Massachusetts company to build a cell tower on Abijah Hill Road. There were 38 signatures on the moratorium, which would prevent the town from approving construction on the tower for a period of 180 days.
This moratorium would retroactively apply to any applications that have been submitted recently, such as Bay Communications II LLC’s application that they submitted June 6th. However, the company has already entered into a lease agreement with the owner’s of the land so the company’s plan could be protected and the moratorium wouldn’t apply.

Rachel Ohm reported for the Morning Sentinel that, “Such a law could prevent towers from being built in clusters or additional towers from being built before existing ones are fully used,” Planning Board chairman, Kerry Herbert, said.
July 30, 2013 |

Cell Phone Reception to Improve in Summit, Colorado

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AT&T was given permission by the Summit Board of County Commissioners to apply for a new cell tower at the landfill. This would extend coverage into Summit Cove if it were constructed. The cell tower would be an 80-foot structure on county-owned property along Highway 6. The construction of this tower would improve cell phone service in the nearby neighborhoods as well as the Keystone area.
There are current AT&T customers who do not have good service in parts of Summit Cove and this tower will help eliminate that problem. The County commissioners hope AT&T will allow other cellular providers to use the tower so there is acceptable cell coverage for the members of the Summit Cove.
Caddie Nath reported in the Summit Daily that, “Verizon Wireless is also moving forward with a new 60-foot monopine cell tower in Keystone’s Mountain View Plaza condominium subdivision. The structure, which the Snake River Planning Commission approved in April, will replace six existing roof-mounted antennas.”

The timeline regarding both of these towers isn’t clear yet but hopefully the construction will begin soon in order to bring the best cell phone coverage to the area.
July 30, 2013 |

Resident of Cape Girardeau Believes Cell Tower Is Necessary

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While many people have their reservations regarding cell phone tower construction, some residents of Cape Girardeau, Missouri are in favor of the cell tower. John Heuer wrote for the Southeast Missourian that, “While this cell tower is not on the major scale such as the previously mentioned facilities, the proposed cell tower will benefit businesses, citizens, emergency personnel and visitors to downtown Cape Girardeau.”
Heuer does own the property where the proposed cell tower could be located so his opinion may be biased, but he does make many valid points regarding cell phone reception. “It is common knowledge that cell service in downtown Cape Girardeau is very poor and often nonexistent. The lack of cell service often is a deterrent for business people and families to eat or shop in downtown Cape Girardeau for fear of missing an important call or an emergency call from a loved one. Perhaps those against the proposed tower have not considered the outcome of a serious accident in downtown Cape Girardeau, when seconds matter, and not having the ability to call 911,” Heuer explains.

Poor cell phone reception does matter when there are just minutes to save someone’s life. If the residents are opposed to the tower because of aesthetic reasons, there are always way to disguise it. Cell towers are now being disguised as pine trees, crosses, clock towers, and flag poles. The construction of the tower will increase cell coverage and put resident’s minds at ease while they are in the downtown area of Cape Girardeau. 
July 30, 2013 |

AT&T Proposes 150-Foot Cell Tower in Gaylordsville, Connecticut

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Gaylordsville, CT may soon be home to another cell tower just a few miles away from the 130-foot cell tower structure that was installed in June. Susan Tuz reported in the News Times that, “AT&T proposes to construct a 150-foot cellular communication tower on property owned by FirstLight Hydro Generating Company, the company that owns Candlewood Lake.”
There will be a public hearing before the Zoning Commission on August 27th at 7pm. The Connecticut Siting Council gets to make the decision regarding the construction of the tower. However, they are required to hear the input from the town’s Zoning Commission. Members of the community are upset that there will be two towers just two miles away from each other. The tower that was erected in June is outside the fire station and it is for public safety. This new tower will serve a different purpose to the residents of Gaylordsville.

“AT&T provides coverage to 18.9 square miles in town. The proposed tower would increase coverage to 19.52 square miles, boosting the reach from 11,814 customers to 11,898, the notification states,” Tuz reported. 
July 30, 2013 |
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