West Vancouver Cell Towers Not A Done Deal: Moore

New cellular telephone tower proposed for Johnson Elementary School

Capacity crowds turned out to town hall meetings hosted by the District of West Vancouver earlier this month where the towers were roundly panned as health risks, view spoilers and anchors on property values. Several residents expressed disbelief that the District of West Vancouver was powerless to veto the towers, if council was so inclined. The health concerns raised by residents at the two town hall meetings are “not an uncommon anxiety,” Moore said, but added it is up to Rogers to justify the science and allay local fears. “There were a lot of fears that were raised over smart meters and the science was proven quite clearly that smart meters were not a threat in any way to public health. Cell phone towers are a different technology but companies have to demonstrate that there is no public health concern,” he said. Rubbishing the towers would result in less coverage, more dropped calls and slower Internet, all of which would spell harm for small businesses, Moore added. “There’s a cost to saying no,” he said. And Moore pointed out, cell towers are now more regulated than they were in the past, including a requirement that cell companies share towers to keep them from proliferating needlessly across the country. “If it wasn’t for our government, there could be a dozen towers coming up on the North Shore without proper community consultation,” he said. While Industry Canada has the final veto, the public opposition expressed at the recent town hall meetings was not a waste, Weston said. “The reason the district had these meetings is because it knows it has an influential say and it did a good job in opening the doors to very actively engaged public meetings.
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Don’t Count On Your Cell Phone For Help After The Next Huge Hurricane

At 28 years, stretching out until 2041, the average lease term for these towers is far beyond the horizon of most predictions about mobile bandwidth, apps or devices. But the trends underlying mobile data point to new capabilities coming online for years, and full-size cell towers are likely to be critical infrastructure for decades, according to Tolaga Research analyst Phil Marshall. Its a pretty good bet, he said. Vendors are already looking at demand for the next generation of mobile networks, a so-called 5G thats not yet being hashed out as a standard. Vish Nandlall, cell tower lease specialist Ericssons CTO and senior vice president of strategy, said last week that 5G gear is likely to appear in commercial networks beginning in 2020. He sees it offering 10 times the capacity of 4G LTE, as well as features for low-power machine-to-machine communications. Photo: Stephen Lawson Vish Nandlall, CTO and senior vice president of strategy at Ericsson, speaking at the 2013 GigaOm Mobilize conference in San Francisco If a new generation of mobile comes every 10 years, as Nandlall believes, then 28 more years may bring us to 7G. Even the most advanced technologies in labs today wont go that far, instead giving hints about the networks of just 15 years from now, Tolagas Marshall said. Small cells will transform networks over the next few years, allowing carriers to serve more subscribers in areas of dense mobile use, but the kind of longer-range towers Crown Castle is buying into will still be needed for broad coverage, he said.
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AT&T looks 28 years into the future of cell towers

Vish Nandlall

1, 2012. The New York region is replacing a rail network built over a century with a patchwork constructed day-by-day to move its 8 million people again as it struggles back to life after Hurricane Sandy. New York City Residents charge their cell phones and computers on the East River esplanade in New York, U.S., on Nov. 1, 2012. The New York region is replacing a rail network built over a century with a patchwork constructed day-by-day to move its 8 million people again as it struggles back to life after Hurricane Sandy. Toms River, N.J. An American flag flies in front of a home damaged by Hurricane Sandy on Nov. 1, 2012 in Toms River, New Jersey. With the death toll continuing to rise and millions of homes and businesses without power, the U.S. east coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by superstorm Sandy.
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Town Council Considers a Cell Tower Replacement

There are some safety precautions that have to take place with them, Kleinsmith said. The pros are its a funding source. Obviously its great to have the funding that is being provided by the cell tower people for our general fund. The plan is designed so that people wouldnt really notice the tower. The transmitters will sit behind a wall on the roof, and other mechanical equipment will sit behind a similar structure on the ground. On this fall day at Johnson Elementary, the parents we spoke with didnt object. Its not bothering the kids [or] interfering with their ability to learn, is good for the school district, said Johnson Elementary parent Hayley Kalous. I think anything to benefit the kids education, anything that would benefit the school as far as financially, added parent Amber Mason. Three other cell towers currently sit on school property, one at both Wilson and Roosevelt schools and a bigger one at Kingston Stadium. In times of tight budgets, Kleinsmith said the cell tower money from all four would add up.
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AT&T strikes $4.85 billion deal with cell tower operator, Crown Castle

Glen Pierson from PierCon, an engineer specializing in wireless communications, presented at the meeting. He reviewed the existing baseline coverage from the four major cellular providers, which are Verizon, AT& T, Sprint and T-Mobile. He analyzed both the existing baseline coverage as well as the existing radiofrequency environment. It was concluded that the radiofrequency environment in the area today is within the existing FCC guidelines. It was also determined that replacing the current 120-foot tower with a new 140-foot tower would not increase the radiofrequency in the environment by any significant amount that would be considered unsafe by the FCC. All of the technical details of this report can be found on the Randolph Township website link PierCon Reports ). When the public portion of the meeting began, one concerned resident shared some research she found on the internet regarding the impact of unsafe radio waves on children. She pointed out that the proposed tower is directly across from the Middle School and the High School. Other residents felt that Piersons findings show that a new cell tower would impose minimal increase in risk, and stated that improving our communication in times of emergency is their primary safety concern. Randolph Mayor Thomas MacArthur said, This is the very beginning of discussions on this subject, and this is the first of many meetings to present the research conducted by PierCon Solutions. MacArthur concluded the meeting, assuring the attendees that this topic would be placed on a future agenda. He invited the public to once again attend and voice their opinions. TAP into your town!
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