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An Increase in Property Crimes Affects Cell Towers

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When property crimes spike, this increases the chance that items will also be stolen from cell phone towers. In Double Oak, Texas, the DOPD Chief, Derrick Watson, reported that, “On July 15 in the 8100 blk. Justin Rd. (behind the two churches) an unknown person(s) entered a cellphone tower enclosure and removed ten batteries without permission.  Approximate value of missing batteries is $3,500.  On July 22 in the 8100 blk. of Justin Rd. the backup batteries for the cell phone tower were stolen with a loss of approximately $4,200.”

The Double Oak police urge members of the community to pay close attention to their surroundings and report any suspicious behavior. With the area increasing in population, criminal activity is also increasing. Along with batteries being stolen from cell towers, thieves have also been stealing the copper wire in order to resell the copper to make a profit. Always keep your eyes open and report anything unusual to the police.
July 29, 2013 |

Will Cell Tower in Harveys Lake Borough Upset Resident’s Daily Life?

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Xcell, a company who specializes in tower erection, maintenance and cell site construction, has obtained approval to lease a 100 x 100 ft piece of property in Harveys Lake Borough, PA. They plan on constructing a 195-foot cell phone tower. While Xcell began this process back in April, there were many conflicts that delayed the completion of this project. The property that Xcell was looking to lease is only 100 x 100 ft, and the property that is sits on is a private residence. The owner of this property would be legally responsible for all taxes on the property if it were not separated in a subdivision status. 

In order to move forward on this project, Xcell had to obtain the proper permits and submit a revised land development plan to apply for subdivision status. All documents are now satisfied, so Xcell can move forward with the project and build the 195-foot cell phone tower.

Now that the project is moving forward, residents are wondering whether or not this construction will interrupt their daily life. Some members of the community are concerned that this cell phone tower will disrupt the area’s natural beauty or the trucks will disturb the area by increasing traffic. While residents may have their concerns, about half the borough doesn’t receive adequate cell phone reception so the construction of this tower will eliminate that problem.
July 29, 2013 |

Heidrea Communications Receives Massachusetts’s Small Business Award

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Heidrea Communications is a veteran-owned company that was started in Massachusetts in 2008. They are a general contracting firm but their primary focus is on building and maintaining wireless communications towers. Matthew Mastroianni and Jesse Brown are the founders and owners of Heidrea Communications and their company was awarded the Massachusetts SBA Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year Award for 2013.
Their customers include Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, AT&T, Crown Castle Inc., American Tower and SBA Networks. What makes Heidrea such a unique company is that more than 30% of their 38 employees, including both of the owners, are veterans. Mastroianni and Brown are both Marine Corps veterans, who founded this company to serve and support veterans in need.

July 29, 2013 |

Michigan Wireless Tower Rejected

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Matt Lauer, resident of Bruce Township, urged the Bruce Township Board of Trustees to let him construct a 200-foot tower on his township property located near 36 Mile and Hipp roads. Lauer was sent away from the committee without a vote being taken and then the request was put on hold until June.
Lauer wanted his request to be approved without submitting a formal, engineer-created site plan. The Board of Trustees advised him that he needed to submit a detailed site plan, comply with FAA regulations, gain Zoning Board of Appeals height variance approval and comply with township ordinances.
Matthew Fahr reported in the Advisor & Source Newspaper that, “At its meeting July 17, Bruce Township Supervisor Richard Cory verified that Lauer had submitted a formal site plan. Planning Commission Chairman Mike Tremblay, who was in the audience for the meeting, acknowledged that he was satisfied with the plan that was turned in to the township.”
A petition of opposition was started that had about 50 signatures on it but there was also a list of 148 residents that wanted the service. Some residents realize that the benefits of this cell tower out-weigh the sight of it. The resolution for the special land use was approved by a 5-0 vote. However, the height of the tower does not comply with township provisions. The guidelines stipulate that the tower can’t be taller than 175-feet but Lauer was adamant that the tower needed to be 200-feet to achieve the desired purpose.

“After a short discussion, Roy Zolno made a motion to deny Lauer the variance for the 200-foot tower. It was seconded by Mike Lerchen. Of the four members present, Zolno and Lerchen each voted in favor of denying the variance, while Carnago and Hook voted against it,” Fahr reported. 
July 29, 2013 |

Forest Park Residents May Have Slower Internet Due To Roos Building Demolition

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Although there hasn’t been a tenant in the Roos building in Forest Park, Illinois for more than five years, it has housed cell phone and Internet broadcasting towers. These companies have leased the 10-story tower for years but now that the Roos building is being torn down, Internet and cell providers are trying to find a new place to put their transmitters. People in the area may have slower internet connections during this time of transition; however, the companies are hoping to remove the equipment as soon as possible before the building is demolished.

“Our engineers have enhanced the coverage at surrounding cell sites to fill in the gap that around the cell site,” Sprint’s spokeswoman, Kathleen Dunleavy, explained. Many Sprint customers have been experiencing dropped calls, but this shouldn’t last for long. Sprint has signed a new lease in a Forest Park location to build a new tower. 
July 29, 2013 |

Engineer Falls from Cell Phone Tower

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In Vienna, Maryland a 41-year old engineer has died after falling from a cell phone tower. Police say that Michael Frontiero Cortes, 41, of Morovis, Puerto Rico, was a tower engineer for the Puerto Rican company, Konet, and fell from the tower at about 5:44 p.m. Thursday. The tower was approximately 180 to 250 feet tall and Cortes died as a result of hitting the ground. The tower is located a 4822 Old Ocean Gateway in Vienna. The incident is still under investigation
July 26, 2013 |

What Will Happen To Cell Towers If Sergeant Jasper Building Is Removed?

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There is much debate in downtown Charleston because of a proposal to tear down the Sergeant Jasper apartment building. The removal of this building brings a dose of static into the cell phone coverage area because on top of the apartment buildings are towers for local phone service providers, such as AT&T and T-Mobile.
Schuyler Kropf reported in the Post and Courier that, “‘The City of Charleston’s position is we think cell tower coverage is important,’ said Lee Batchelder, zoning administrator for the city.”
Although this change is concerning members of downtown Charleston, the representatives of AT&T and T-Mobile said this change isn’t a major concern for them and are waiting to see what design and architectural features are in store for the future for the surrounding area. 
July 26, 2013 |

Which Energy Source Is Most Efficient For Cell Tower Generators?

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With hurricane season in full swing, there’s always discussion about what will happen if there are major power outages during a particularly bad storm. There are different options for generators such as diesel, propane, battery powered, and fuel cells.
Energy.govreported that, “While many of the diesel, propane and battery cell phone tower backup generators were affected by the storm, all of the cell towers powered by fuel cells ran without any issues — allowing many disaster victims to continue accessing their cell phone network.”
There can be certain issues with diesel generators, because during a storm diesel fuel can be hard to come by. However, fuel cells proved to be very useful during Hurricane Sandy. They provided backup power for many cell towers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. “Another important advantage of fuel cells is the ability for remote monitoring and control, ensuring standby readiness and quick response, which can be critical,” Energy.gov explained.

July 26, 2013 |

City of Seven Hills and AP Wireless Come To Agreement on Cell Tower

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The city of Seven Hills came to an agreement with AP Wireless, a California based wireless infrastructure funding firm to build a cell tower. AP Wireless bought out three cell phone towers within the city, which provides them with the revenue from the three property leases.
Chris Mosby of the Sun News reported that, “The agreement will pay the city an up front sum of about $1.5 million, via regular installments of $350,000. In return, AP Wireless will receive the lease payments made by the owners of the three towers for the next 30 years.

By allowing AP Wireless to take over these leases, there will be many benefits to the city. First, the city will receive an influx of cash. The city will be able to claim 85% of the new revenue. AP Wireless will also be able to market these towers to carriers so there will be better cell phone reception in the Seven Hills area. 
July 26, 2013 |

Radio Frequency Signals Do Not Cause Adverse Health Effects

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With the emergence of any new technology, there is always speculation on how it will affect our health and this has held true with the cell phone industry as well. Ever since cell phones became a part of our everyday lives, people have been questioning the effect they will have on our health. Many people automatically assumed the radiation from cell phones and cell towers was going to have adverse effects to our health. However, numerous studies have been conducted proving that the radio-frequency signals emitted from the cell towers is so small that it won’t have any negative effects.
K.S. Parthasarathy shared in The Telegraph that, “After a comprehensive review of the relevant literature, the World Health Organization, in its fact sheet number 304, stated thus: “Considering the very low exposure levels and research results collected to date, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak RF [radio frequency] signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects…”
The FCC has determined regulations when it comes to the amount of radio frequency levels that are acceptable coming from cell phone towers. While there has been concern surrounding the effects of radiation, cell tower radiation has a lot less energy than x-rays or gamma rays do. Cell tower radiation does not damage the cells in the body the way that x-rays and gamma rays do. The damage causes the x-rays and gamma rays to change and multiply the existing cells in the body, which can lead to cancer; but this does not occur with the energy from cell tower radio-frequency.

July 25, 2013 |
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