Camouflaged Cell Phone Towers September 13, 2006Posted by healthyself in Aesthetics, Antennas, Bioeffects, Biological Effects, Blogroll, Boulders, Cacti, Cell phone industry, Cell phone safety, Cell phone towers, Cell Phones, Cemetaries, Chimneys, Church, Churches, Decision Making, Electromagnetic Field, Electromagnetic pollution, Electromagnetic waves, Electrosensitivity, Electrosmog, ELF, EMF Research, EMF's, EMR, Environment, Financial Considerations, Firehouse, Firehouses, Flagpoles, GHz, Government's role, Health related, Historic Buildings, HOuseholds, Hz, Island, Islands, Legal Issues, Lifestyle, Long Term Health Risks, Microwave exposure, mobile telephones, National Monuments, National Parks, Old Faithful, Old Stone Buildings, Parenting, Politics, Public Policy, Pulsed Radiation, radiation, Risk of Disease, School administrators, School Boards, School yards, Schools, State Park, State Parks, Toxin, transmission, Trees, Waves, Who is Affected?.
“Former eyesores now blend into the landscape, but some say the structures are still nuisances.The next time you go on a hike, take a closer look at the surrounding trees. You might be surprised to discover that “tree” is actually a cellphone tower….Cellular phone towers can take any shape: tree, church steeple, chimney, flagpole, windmill, cactus, and even boulder…….”One of the major ways that a town can deny an antenna permit application is because of aesthetic appeal or property values,” said Libby Kelley, executive director of the Council on Wireless Technology Impacts….
…”In many cases today, cities will not allow carriers to install sites without some sort of concealment and then when they conceal it, it really expedites the zoning process,….Normally, getting a cell tower approved can take a year or more, but a disguised tower could shorten the process — possibly to just six months….once approved, it takes about 8 to 10 weeks to construct a tree pole.”
“Hidden towers have their drawbacks, however. Camouflaged towers can cost between $40,000 and $100,000 to produce, roughly 10 times more than normal towers…. the return costs to wireless carriers offset the expense.”
EMF’s, Cell Phone Towers, and Aesthetics September 13, 2006Posted by healthyself in Aesthetics, Antennas, Bioeffects, Biofield, Biological Effects, Blogroll, Cell phone industry, Cell phone safety, Cell phone towers, Cell Phones, Cemetaries, Children's health, Church, Churches, Cordless Phones, Electromagnetic Field, Electromagnetic pollution, Electromagnetic waves, Electrosensitivity, Electrosmog, ELF, EMF's, Employees, EMR, Environment, Exposure, Firehouse, Firehouses, Flagpoles, Government's role, Health related, HOuseholds, Islands, MHz, Microwave exposure, National Monuments, National Parks, Old Faithful, Parenting, Pulsed Radiation, radiation, Risk of Disease, Safety, School administrators, School Boards, School yards, Schools, State Parks, T-Mobile, Toxin, transmission, Waves, Who is Affected?, Workplace.
“To keep up, cell “sites” — towers and antennas mostly — have increased tenfold, from fewer than 18,000 in 1994 to more than 175,000 now. Without additional towers, calls are lost and reception suffers.”
“Our companies are always running into this conundrum, which is, ‘We want cell phone service, but don’t put that tower here,’” Farren said. “When you’re dealing with communications through the air, you have to have antennas and towers.”
“To meet demand, companies are increasingly turning to nontraditional sites — fire houses, churches, schools, even cemeteries and national parks. A cell tower now sits near Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, despite strong opposition.”…..
….”Cell sites can be a financial boon to those who provide space for them. Cell companies won’t discuss rent, but Donohue said companies typically pay $800 to $2,000 per month, depending on location, the size of the tower or antenna, and other factors. That can be a significant amount for a struggling school district or a church with stagnant or declining membership.”….
….”T-Mobile sued. U.S. Magistrate Judge Frederick Buckles ruled in favor of the company in July. Debbie Barrett, a spokeswoman for suburban Seattle-based T-Mobile, said the company is doing everything it can to make the site “blend in.” But she said the antenna is needed.”