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Springs Fire District Cell Tower Sparks Controversy

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Inside Towers on Tuesday reported how the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals on Long Island, NY pointedly disagreed with its Springs Fire District over an already erected 150-foot communications tower. While none of the equipment had been put on the tower early last week when the two sides met, the Zoning Board voted 4-1 to revoke the tower permits issued in 2014, rejecting the fire district’s argument that the tower is desperately needed at its Fort Pond Boulevard property. And it began making noise that the freshly-built structure might have to come down.

This past weekend, crews mounted antennas on the tower, urged by District Board of Commissioners Chairman Pat Glennon. Glennon told 27east.com that the tower is a communications tower and that the antennas are needed to improve emergency systems. The zoning board had argued the permit was issued in error by town building instructors and that the fire district as a municipal entity must “submit its application for further consideration by the town to determine if the project warrants exemption from zoning.” For now, Glennon urged crews to proceed, as “commissioners and their attorneys discuss how to proceed following Tuesday’s revocation of the tower’s building permits,” reports 27east.com

Carl Irace, attorney for the Springs Fire District, argued that the ruling was not filed in the Town Clerk’s office in time (Monday morning), so the permit was valid when the crews came to begin installing wiring and power supply systems. The antennas were mounted on the 150-foot monopole Monday. He called the short window a “coincidence of logistics” that the antennas were installed after the ruling, but before the filing. He told 27east.com that the district “has been working on the assumption that they are exempt from town zoning controls.” Irace also countered that the fire district is an independent municipality exempt from the previously mentioned zoning requirements.

Neighbors also have gotten in on the conflict, arguing that there was no public notice given; they found out about the pole six months after the building permits were issued and the tower was erected. However, the district claims that the tower was discussed “at more than a dozen public meetings in 2013, 2014 and 2015, according to minutes.” Some of the zoning board says that the neighbors weren’t notified before the meetings, however, so they have an argument.

Now, the decision is possibly in the court’s or the planning board’s hands, another decision that still is as up in the air as the tower itself. Glennon told 27east.com that the tower antennas, which may be operational at the end of December barring any further objection, will “increase the range of department VHF radios as well as boost the strength of signals to Springs Fire Department members’ emergency pagers.”

December 10, 2015 |

Florida Cell Tower Battle Lands in Federal Court

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 Vertical Assets, a communications tower construction company based in Atlanta, was denied a permit to construct a cell tower in Panama City, Florida. The 150-foot tower was planned to be erected on West 19th Street and Florida Avenue. However, the Panama City commission unanimously rejected the proposal for the tower saying that there were safety and neighborhood compatibility issues.

Vertical Assets has taken this matter to the federal court because they believe the city discriminated against their proposal and they violated the federal Telecommunications Act. Another company was permitted to construct a similar tower three years ago without having to get the city commission to approve it. Vertical Assets’ tower would have AT&T as its main carrier but they would allow emergency agencies to use the tower at no cost. 
October 17, 2013 |

Dead Spots May Soon Be Fixed With AT&T Tower in Helena-West

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AT&T has proposed constructing a tower at property owned by the Boys & Girls Club of Philips County in Helena, Arkansas. AT&T has had many complaints of poor cell phone service in this area and they are looking to build a permanent tower. While waiting for this tower to be built, AT&T is hoping to receive authorization to place a temporary 60-foot tower on wheels in the selected location to improve service immediately.

The planning commission will conduct a public hearing at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the city hall on Perry Street for the purpose of receiving comments and or questions regarding the installation of a permanent cellular tower.

October 4, 2013 |

City in Washington is Working on New Rules For Cell Towers

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The officials of Yakima, Washington are working on implementing new rules for cell phone towers. The new ordinance that is proposed will be looked at in November by the Planning Commission. The proposal calls for new cell phone towers in the area to be disguised. A lot of residents all over the country protest cell phone towers being constructed because they don’t like the way they look. This is why Yakima officials are trying to find a compromise to keep members of the community happy while still maintaining good cell phone reception.

“Cell phone towers won’t be able to be built in neighborhoods unless the neighbors approve,” Ben Shoval the chairman of Yakima’s Planning Commission told KIMA.
 If the members of the neighborhood doesn’t approve then the cell towers will have to be at least 300 feet from the homes. The goal of this proposal is to protect the historic community of Yakima, while still providing adequate cell service for residents.

October 4, 2013 |

Proposed Cell Tower in Wisconsin Angers Parents

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The parents of students who attend Bethesda Elementary in Waukesha, Wisconsin are upset over the proposal regarding a cell tower being built on school property. This cell phone tower could bring the School District of Waukesha between $30,000 and $70,000 in annual revenue. However, the parents are only concerned about the location of the tower site being right next to the playground at Bethesda Elementary School.

At a town meeting, some of the residents spoke out against AT&T’s proposed 100-foot cell tower due to health concerns and the proximity to the elementary school. AT&T has been working nonstop to bring their customers the best cell phone service they can offer. AT&T 4G LTE is now live in 424 markets and covers 240 million people. AT&T 4G LTE is expected to cover nearly 270 million people by year-end 2013.

October 4, 2013 |

1 Source Wireless Expands Into Midwest Enhancing Southeast Regional Operations

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Today 1 Source Wireless announced their successful execution of its expansion into the Midwest. This completion has exceeded 1 Source Wirelesss’ initial projections, easily securing them a $5 million financial capital commitment based on proposed future build-out expansions through 2015. This expansion has greatly enhanced the southeast regional operations, giving top management belief that this development strategy will be replicated in other U.S. markets in the near future.

1 Source Wireless specializes in the development of wireless tower communication facilities. They have participated in the development of over 350 tower sites nation-wide over the past 15 years. Some of their services include: site identification, site acquisition, regulatory and compliance, planning and zoning, architectural and engineering, maintenance and repairs, as well as construction. 

October 3, 2013 |

Tower Construction on Hold Due to City’s Lawsuit Against County

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The county officials of St. Louis, Missouri have put off construction on an emergency cell tower due to a lawsuit that the city of Sunset Hills filed against the county. The city filed the lawsuit on September 4th to get a preliminary injunction against the construction of the communications tower.  The county owns the land where the potential site is for the tower to be built.
“As proposed, the emergency communications tower would be one of roughly 25 towers being located throughout the county as part of St. Louis County’s new emergency communications network.  In its suit, Sunset Hills claims St. Louis County lacks the authority to construct and operate the tower within the city without approval from city officials,” the Callreported.
The city officials want the county to look for other locations that would be better for the cell site. The judge has schedule a trail Friday to determine the outcome.

October 2, 2013 |

AT&T Expands 4G LTE Into 13 More Markets This Week

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AT&T is on a roll and they don’t plan on slowing down when it comes to upgrading their networks across the country. The company has expanded their 4G LTE network into 13 additional markets this week in order to bring their customers the fastest and most reliable mobile technology they can provide. AT&T’s 4G LTE technology is now available in:
  • Mt. Pleasant, MI
  • Dublin, GA
  • Lake Charles, LA
  • Picayune, MS
  • Selma, AL
  • Putnam and Green Counties of Atlanta, GA
  • Brenham, TX
  • Cordele, GA
  • Wright and Carver Counties of Minneapolis, MN
  • Vero Beach, FL
  • Brookhaven, MS
  • Natchez, MS
  • Port Angeles, WA

“To support the growing demand for mobile broadband, AT&T invested more than $1.8 billion in itsWashington network during the past three years, and made more than 1,250 wireless network upgrades in the state last year alone,” said Bob Bass, Washington President, AT&T. As a result, we turned on 4G LTE throughout the state during the past year and are now pleased to include Port Angeles.  Our 4G LTE network will help give our customers more data and faster service on state-of-the-art devices.”

This launch is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan announced last fall to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks. Through this investment, AT&T is supporting its customers’ growing desire for high-speed Internet access and new mobile, app and cloud-based services.

October 2, 2013 |

Wilson Electronics Introduces New Cellular Signal Booster

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Today, Wilson Electronics introduced a new product specifically for certified installers. The CI 2070 boosts all carriers’ signal, including all 4G technologies, as well as 3G and 2G voice and data. This booster will support LTE and other cellular technology to provide reliable cell coverage indoors up to 80,000 square feet.

“The CI 2070 is Wilson’s first 4G cellular signal booster designed specifically for the installer market,” said Blake Seese, Wilson’s custom integrator (CI) director. “It delivers greatly enhanced voice and data coverage in buildings where it’s deployed. For our certified installers, the CI 2070 also provides a new revenue source by helping solve customers’ cellular reception problems in virtually any type of building.”

This new device allows the installer to customize the signal amplification on each of the five frequency bands. This allows an optimized signal boost to match the precise coverage requirements of each building where the CI 2070 is installed. Although this device is powerful, it’s small in size, weighing about 3 lbs.

Wilson Electronics helps people solve the number one issue facing the cellular industry: dropped calls and poor signal strength. They deliver cell phone booster solutions for mobile, building, and machine-to-machine (M2M) data transfer situations. As provider of North America’s top-selling line of cell phone signal boosters, Wilson designs and manufactures a wide variety of amplifiers, antennas and related components to improve communications for cell phones and cellular data devices.


September 23, 2013 |

New Legislation Could Prohibit Cell Towers on School Property in Maryland

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The members of the Anne Arundel County Against Towers at Schools will be relieved about the new legislation, Bill No. 78-13, that would prohibit cell towers from being built on public school property and restrict them to be beyond 500 feet of a building. This bill was introduced on September 16, 2013 by Mr. Benoit.
Regarding telecommunications facilities, the legislation dictates that the facility must comply with the following requirements.
For a facility not attached to a transmission line pole or tower that is located within 100 feet of a transmission line right-of-way:
 (i) the principal structure shall be located at least 500 feet from any offsite dwelling AND MAY NOT BE LOCATED ON A LOT CONTAINING A SCHOOL;
 (ii) the facility may not exceed 199 feet in height;
 (iii) the principal structure of a facility that is permanently located on the ground shall be a monopole; and
 (iv) accessory structures shall be located within 50 feet of
Milestone Communications, the leading developer of wireless towers in partnership with school and government landowners, has been working alongside the school board officials of Anne Arundel County to construct a cell phone tower at the Piney Orchard Elementary School in Odenton, MD. This bill is supposed to clarify the existing County Code, which already bans cell towers being built within 200 feet of a school. 

September 20, 2013 |
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