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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 |

Residents Will Consider Moving If Cell Tower Is Constructed At Local School

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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. State Senator Jim Rosapepe and State Delegates Barbara Frush, Joseline A. Peńa-Melnyk, and Ben Barnes asked the Board of Education to terminate the 2012 lease with Milestone Communications.
The members of this community have started the Anne Arundel County Against Cell Towers at Schools to collectively voice their opposition regarding cell sites being built on school property. The group’s mission statement explains, “We are a community advocacy organization that is opposed to constructing cell phone towers on Anne Arundel County school properties.”
This group of concerned residents believes that the radio frequencies emitted from the cell towers will have adverse health effects on the nearby students; even though the FCC, the American Cancer Society, and the World Health Organization have found no causal link between cell tower radio frequencies emissions and negative health effects.
One group members, Jen Beers, said that her and her husband would consider moving if the cell tower project continues. “For the long term, my child would never go to that school,” said Beers, the parent of one child at the school. “It’s not the Board of Education’s place to go and make deals that force people to make life decisions they weren’t planning on making.” (Source: Capital Gazette)
Milestone Communications has followed the federal regulations when creating the plans for this cell phone towers and they have followed the guidelines to regulate the amount of exposure so it is much less than anything that could cause health problems.
Milestone Communications has plans to construct several cell phone towers at school sites throughout Anne Arundel County, with the first at Piney Orchard Elementary. But a company spokesman said no request for a construction permit has been filed.
September 4, 2013 |

Milestone Communications Partners With Delaware School Board Association

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Milestone Communications, who works to solve network coverage problems, has partnered with the Delaware School Boards Association to introduce wireless infrastructure opportunities. Milestone Communications announced in a press release that, “The organizations will introduce revenue-sharing opportunities through wireless infrastructure programs with Delaware schools.”

CEO of Milestone Communications, Len Forkas, is pleased to work with the DBSA in order to expand their wireless speed and capacity. Milestone Communications is the leading developer of wireless towers in partnership with school and government landowners, enabling them to direct millions of dollars annually to educational and extracurricular budgets.  


August 12, 2013 |
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