Cell Tower Knocked Down in Illinois

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This past weekend, a crop duster crashed over Lee and Ogle counties in Illinois knocking down a cell tower. The plane crashed in a cornfield about 3 miles northeast of Shannon. Thankfully, the pilot had no life-threatening injuries and was able to remove himself from the plane before the engine compartment caught fire.

However, the cell tower and a smaller tower didn’t fare so well and they both collapsed following the crash. The crash is being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

July 25, 2013 |

100-Foot Cell Tower To Be Built In Yellow Stone National Park

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If you have ever visited the beloved Yellow Stone National Park and tried to make a call then you might have noticed that the cell phone reception wasn’t very good. Currently there is only cell phone service in the Mammoth, Old Faithful, Canyon, Tower-Roosevelt and Grant areas. However, just this past week the National Park Service has granted Verizon Wireless permission to build a 100-foot rower near Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone National Park.
The Billings Gazette reported that, “The new cellular site will be located next to a buried water tank on a 100-foot rise above the Lake administrative area and 700 feet below the top of Elephant Back Ridge. This site already has access via an existing service road and is near electrical and phone lines. Antennas will be configured to minimize spillover coverage into Yellowstone’s backcountry.”
Yellowstone was established as America’s first national park in 1872 as a way to preserve the majority of the world’s geysers. With the news of this cell tower being placed in the oldest national park, people wonder whether or not this will affect the magnificent views of the park. The National Park Service reassured patrons that the tower will not be visible from the nearby Lake Hotel, Fishing Bridge, Lake Lodge Historic Districts or the hiking trails.

July 25, 2013 |

Radiation Levels Acceptable In Poolesville, Maryland

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The radiation levels from a tower in Poolesville, Maryland have been under much discussion regarding the levels of radiation being emitted from the cell phone tower. However, a study was commissioned by the town and conducted by Radiofrequency Safety International Inc. of Kiowa, Kansas. The study found that the radio-frequency energy that is put out by the cell tower is well below the required limits.
Radio-frequency energy is just another name for radio waves, which is used in radio, TV, cell phones, cordless phones, and satellite communications. While there is much debate over the harm that can be caused by radio-frequency energy, the Connecticut Department of Public Health and Environmental and OccupationalHealth Assessment explains that, “the RF radiation that is emitted from cell phone tower antennas is far too low to cause health risks.”
The radio-frequency levels in Poolesville, Maryland were 0.2 percent of the level that is permitted by the FCC. While the members of the Poolesville may have been concerned about the tower, the study confirms that the levels are safe and well within regulatory standards. 
July 25, 2013 |
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