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AT&T Requests to Build a Cell Tower That is Against City’s Regulations

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The City of Salem, Oregon limits how tall a communications tower can be as well as how close it can be built in relation to a residential zone. However, recently AT&T asked the city to approve a 69-foot cell tower that would be 55 feet to the closest residence.
The town usually restricts cell towers to a height of 35 feet and they must be at least 300 feet from property zoned for houses or businesses. These regulations were established in 1997; although, since 2006 there have been three variances to the code that have been approved. Taller cell towers, and towers closer to people, have been placed on Lancaster, on Commercial and on Liberty Streets.

The city staff of Salem recommended that in order for this tower to be approved, it should be disguised as an evergreen tree. None of the residents of the Salem community opposed this plan right away, but the Northeast Neighbors Association asked the process be continued so they could discuss this proposal at their monthly meeting. In the upcoming weeks, Scott Fewel, the hearings officer for the city of Salem, will make the final decision regarding the tall tower. 

August 22, 2013 |

New York Emergency Radio Project Complete

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Tuesday, August 20th, the Madison County E-911 Communications Center Director, Paul Hartnett, announced the county’s emergency upgrade had been completed. The county is now moving forward to offer space on the tower to technology-based businesses. The county spent $23 million to upgrade their emergency communication system.

“In the course of this upgrade, an opportunity for cellular and related businesses becomes apparent through the co-location of their equipment on any of more than a dozen new and existing towers. We expect this ‘turn-key’ technological infrastructure will be a boon for the right forward-thinking business,” Harnett said. (Source: Madison County Courier)

Now that the emergency radio project has been completed, the county is actively looking to lease the tower space to any interested wireless carriers. 

August 22, 2013 |

Copper Stolen From Georgia Cell Tower

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Copper wire was stolen from the Gordon Highway cell phone tower in Augusta, Georgia. Cables were cut from at least 10 areas at the base of the tower. The damages were estimated to be about $450 in materials and more than $1,000 in labor. The theft occurred sometime between Thursday, August 1st around 8am and Monday morning.

August 21, 2013 |

Cell Tower On Wisconsin School Property May Be Here To Stay

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The Prairie du Sac school board approved Verizon’s cell tower proposal in March to construct an 80-foot light pole near the high school’s athletic field where cellular phone companies would add communications antennas, making the height of the tower 150 feet.
The school board approved the lease agreement with a 5-2 vote, even though many members of the community were against this proposal. The cell tower includes an annual payment of $15,000 per year to the school district. Even though the school district approved the lease, Verizon must still obtain the correct building permits.
While many of the residents of the community are upset over this project, there isn’t a lot they can do to stop the construction from happening. On July 1st, Wisconsin adopted a new state law that restricts the ability of local governments to regulate the placement of cellular towers.
Kim Lamoreaux of The Eagle reported that, “Under the new state law, municipalities are required to rule on a wireless tower permit application within 90 days or the application will be automatically considered approved. Local officials can deny a permit if the applicant refuses to consider putting equipment on a tower shared with other wireless providers, but there are few other reasons available to local governments for a denial.”

August 21, 2013 |

Florida Parents Oppose Cell Tower On Elementary School Grounds

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In Collier County, Florida a group of parents are upset over the construction of a 75-foot cell phone tower that was placed at Poinciana Elementary School. Many of the parents whose children attend this school were unaware that this project was occurring until they drove up to see the tower in the parking lot. Despite the FCC and the American Cancer Society’s conclusions that the low levels of radiofrequency that is emitted from cell towers isn’t harmful, parents still believe placing the tower so close to the school is unsafe for the children.

This tower was approved in April of 2011 by the student advisory council. Collier County School District now has 4 cell phone towers that generate around $58,000 a year. 

August 20, 2013 |

New York State Wireless Association Hosts 6th Annual Golf Outing

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Join the NYSWA for its 6th Annual Golf Outing in Altamont, NY. This event will be help on Thursday, September 26th from 11:30am to 6:30pm. During this day of golf and fun in the sun, you will be able to enjoy 18-holes of golf, riding cart, lunch, dinner and a chance to win prizes.

This event will be held at the Orchard Creek Golf Club and tee-off shot fun starts at 1pm and registration begins at 11:30am. The cost is $190 per person. The New York State Wireless Association was formed in 2007 to provide an official forum for the cultivation of relationships and exchange of ideas between wireless telecommunications professionals, government officials and the public, and to create a platform for a unified voice among the wireless industry. (Source: NYSWA)

August 20, 2013 |

Competitive Carriers Association Begins “CCA Gives Back” Campaign

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The Competitive Carriers Association knows that many of its members gives back to their communities by volunteering, supporting local charities, help schools, and work with children. While they know their members don’t do this for the recognition, the CCA would like to share your community outreach with local communities and with the policymakers in Washington, DC.
The CCA is starting the “CCA Gives Back” Campaign.  The CCA would like to recognize a specific community project that your company spearheads. “If your company leads more than one project, please let us know!  Not only will we recognize these outstanding efforts, but we will also compile them into a story of giving back that spans the entire country.  We will let policymakers at the state and federal levels know about the integral role each and every CCA member – Carrier, Associate and Affiliate – plays in the fabric of their communities,” the CCA website explains.

If you are interested in sharing your community service project with the CCA then you can fill out the form here. Many CCA members are making a real impact in their areas and the CCA is proud to share the work that you have been doing with other members.  


August 19, 2013 |

Save The Date For Live NATE Webinar

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On Tuesday, October 22nd from 11:00am to 12:00pm EDT, the National Association of Tower Erectors will hold a live webinar presented by Edwin G. Foulke Jr. Foulke is the former Secretary of Labor for OSHA. You can receive more details regarding this webinar by signing up for email alerts or by visiting the NATE website (www.natehome.com).

The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) is a non-profit trade association providing a unified voice for tower erection, maintenance and service companies.


August 19, 2013 |

Would You Use the Latest Technology to Monitor Your Child’s Whereabouts?

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When children go missing one of the first things officials do is ping their cell phone number. Pinging a cell phone used to be something of a myth, but anyone who watches TV these days knows it’s a real, viable option when you are looking to locate someone.
L. Scott Harrell explains how this technology works in Pursuit Magazine, “A cell phone ‘ping’ is quite simply the process of determining the location, with reasonable accuracy, of a cell phone at any given point in time by utilizing the phone GPS location aware capabilities, it is very similar to GPS vehicle tracking systems. To ‘ping’ in this context means to send a signal to a particular cell phone and have it respond with the requested data.”

By pinging a cell phone you are able to locate the last cell tower that the cell phone received a signal from. This has been extremely helpful in locating criminals on the run and abducted children over the past few years. Now there are applications you can download to access this information from cell phones on your own plan. You will be able to link your cell phones and whenever one phone receives a text message or voicemail, the linked phone will receive it too. How do you feel about using this technology to keep track of your child and their phone? 

August 19, 2013 |

Bedford, Massachusetts Stands Up To AT&T

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AT&T is looking to build a cell phone tower in the residential area of Bedford, Massachusetts. However, the members of this small, scenic community stood up to AT&T and expressed their opposition to the tower. On August 8th, the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals was scheduled to meet and review AT&T’s application for the cell tower. AT&T decided to withdraw their application before the meeting was ever held because of the opposition from the residents.

As soon as the 125-foot monopole proposal was submitted, residents fought it. They believed the construction of this cell tower would ruin the quaint, charming atmosphere of the community. The proposed site for the tower was in a residential neighborhood close to Huckins Farm and the historic Job Lane House. AT&T is currently looking to find another suitable site for their cell tower in order to increase cell phone coverage in the area. 


August 19, 2013 |
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