Oakland Police Radio Culprit: Cell Towers

Cell tower plan nixed

KRISTIN GERDE holds up a before-and-after picture to demonstrate how the reduced height of the pro-posed cell tower would still block the view of Mount Adams to the north. Gerde, who lives at the end of Rocky Road, said her 5-acre property “would be in the literal shadow of the tower,” causing a reduction in her property’s value.

The FCC confirmed the interference on Thursday. The next night, AT&T shut down the problem frequency. FCC rules give public safety agencies priority in communications, according to city officials. AT&T cell towers emit three different frequencies – 850 MHz, 1900 MHz and 700 MHz – said John Britton , a company spokesman. In addition, it operates three different cellular networks – 2G, 3G and 4G. The company temporarily shut down the 850 MHz frequency for 2G customers. The 2G network is the company’s oldest, meaning relatively few customers would be affected, Britton said. Those on 2G are using some of the company’s oldest phones and would still be supported in the affected areas on the 1900 MHz frequency. “AT&T would never do anything to jeopardize law enforcement,” Britton said. “This spectrum has been out there since the 1990s.
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Limits on cell towers at Anne Arundel schools toppled by council

EST, November 18, 2013 The Anne Arundel County Council decided Monday night not to restrict the construction of cell phone towers at public schools. Council members had considered a bill that originally would have banned the towers, and later was changed to include restrictions on where they could be placed on school property. They killed the bill at Monday night’s meeting, with just two councilmen voting in favor of the bill and five voting against. Related Flights resume at BWI after lightning strike shutdown School officials in Anne Arundel have a contract with a private company that will build towers on school properties, sharing the profits from leasing tower space for attenas with the school system. School officials have estimated they could make $5 million through 2021 from cell towers, which can hold up to five antennas each. The first cell tower on school property is under construction at Broadneck High School on the Broadneck Peninsula. A second tower has been proposed for Piney Orchard Elementary School in Odenton. Piney Orchard parents and homeowners have spoken out against building the towers at schools and in residential areas. The two votes to support the bill came from the bill’s sponsor, Councilman Jamie Benoit, a Crownsville Democrat, and Councilman Chris Trumbauer, an Annapolis Democrat. Voting against the bill were Councilman Daryl Jones, a Severn Democrat; Councilman John Grasso, a Glen Burnie Republican; Councilman Derek Fink, a Pasadena Republican; Councilman Richard Ladd, R-Broadneck; and Council Chairman Jerry Walker, R-Gambrills. The council also unanimously approved a lease for New Cingular Wireless to build a cell tower at the Cape St.
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Arundel council won’t restrict cell towers at schools

Cell towers at schools ignite debate in Arundel

Email , Facebook , Twitter The Hood River County Planning Commission didnt take long to deliberate Wednesday night on whether a proposed cell tower would stand or fall. A brief, 25-minute meeting was all it took for the commissioners to render a 6-1 decision against an appeal from American Tower Corporation to build the 140-foot cell tower disguised as a fir tree on the west side of Hood River. ATCs application originally called for a 165-foot tower to be built not far from the Westside Community Trail on a section of private land located between Fairview Drive and Rocky Road near the edge of Hood Rivers urban growth boundary. Hood River County Planning Director Mike Benedict denied the application back in July based on the towers height being visually incompatible with the surrounding area and ATC subsequently shaved 25 feet off the towers height in its appeal. A majority of the planning commission, however, felt the reduction in height did little to ameliorate the towers visual impact. Commissioner Kathie Alley agreed with Benedicts decision to deny the application based on visual impacts and added that public outcry against the proposal heavily weighed on her decision to oppose the cell tower. I think that when we were at our last meeting, there were many people who got up and one lady got up and said, I really want to know that you listen to us, Alley said, and Im thinking, in my mind, that Im listening to what people want to do. Commissioner Peter Frothingham agreed and added that see page the support structures themselves are incompatible with the area, referring to the razor wire fencing and an equipment shed that were also proposed for the cell tower site. Commissioner John Brennan touched on the dichotomy of cell service and unobstructed views in his portion of the deliberations, noting it would be difficult to reconcile the two competing interests. Everyone wants great cell phone coverage, but nobody wants a tower in their backyard, he said. Just like we all want alternative energy, but we dont want any wind turbines in the Gorge, so its a quandary. Brennan, however, also sided against the tower, stating that ATC failed to prove any gap in coverage; only a potential loss in connectivity at some unknown future date. Commissioner Erick von Lubken echoed commissioners earlier sentiments regarding compatibility issues and argued that ATC failed to provide adequate site alternatives for the tower, calling the corporations decision to place the tower at the end of Rocky Road, an easy out. Commissioner Jennifer Euwer thought the idea of visual compatibility to be nebulous, but said testimony from local realtors regarding the towers potential negative effect on property values made an impression on her and puts something objective on something subjective. Commission Chair Bob Schuppe stated he too was against the tower, believing the federal Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act of 1986 superseded the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996. Hood River County has been designated by Congress to administer the National Scenic Act and thats what we are doing, he explained.
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He stressed, however, that federal health standards outlined in Safety Code 6 must be met before a cell tower site is approved. He noted that the safety code standards are constantly revisited as new information about radiofrequency fields from wireless communications devices becomes available. Only three members of the public were present for the meeting, including a Bell representative and the Hants Journals reporter. David Morris, a Windsor resident concerned about the potential impacts of installing a cell tower in the downtown core, was the first to address town officials following Butlers presentation. Are you being paid for this? he asked. CAO Louis Coutinho confirmed that the town will receive remuneration from Bell. Thats very interesting in the sense that it tells me the win-win situation is talking about money, Morris responded. Morris noted that European standards regulating the telecommunications industry are stricter than Safety Code 6, and he feels theres a good reason for that. He urged council to think about the potential health implications before coming to a decision.
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New cell tower for downtown core supported by Windsor council

Limits on cell towers at Anne Arundel schools toppled by council By JAKE LINGER jlinger@capgaznews.com CapitalGazette.com Monday brought an end to the fight for a measure that would have virtually banned cellphone towers on Anne Arundel County school property. The County Council voted 5-2 to kill a measure that would have forbidden free-standing telecommunications towers closer than 300 feet from a school structure and 200 feet from residential property lines. Subscription Required An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety. Have an online subscription? Remember me on this computer Screen Name or Email Or, use your linked account: facebook You must login to view the full content on this page. Screen Name or Email Remember me on this computer Screen Name or Email Or, use your linked account: facebook Need an account? Create one now. kAm$49@@= @77:4:2=D D2:5 E92E 2D E96C6VD 2=C625J 2 a__\7@@E 3F776C 36EH66? E@H6CD 2?5 AC@A6CEJ =:?6D[ E96 3:== H@F=5 92G6 67764E:G6=J 2?J 2D c_ E@H6CD @G6C E96 ?6IE D6G6C2= J62CD] %96 CF=6D 5@ ?@E D6E 2 >:?:>F> 5:DE2?46 7C@> D49@@= 3F:=5:?8D]k^Am kAmr@F?EJ D49@@=D DA@2? q@3 |@D:6C D2:5 E96 3:== H@F=5 92G6 C6DEC:4E65 E96 D49@@= DJDE6>D AC@A6CEJ 23:=:EJ E@ 86?6C2E6 7F?5D]k^Am kAm|:=6DE@?6 r@>>F?:42E:@?D 92D D:8?65 2 =62D6 H:E9 E96 4@F?EJ q@2C5 @7 t5F42E:@?
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