Residents gear up for cell-tower fight

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lowell

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Jan 19, 2011
 
These are the same people that complain to their cell phone carrier because they dont have service in their house! Get with it people!
Ham Radio Operator

Chelmsford, MA

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Jan 19, 2011
 
Is have to laugh when people start to talk about the health effects of cell towers. Do they realize that a cell site only radiates 5 (FIVE) watts of power - thats why you need so many of them to cover an area. You get more radiation that that sitting under a 60 watt light bulb to read or standing in front of your microwave oven. Look up the facts before you spout off dribble. There has not been one cited case of a cell tower causing any health effects anywhere in the world - ever!
uncle sam

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#3
Jan 19, 2011
 
we don't need it here at baldwin put it on the water tower at the mall
cell service works great here as it is
this is all about greed that is it not about long term exposure on health effects
cell phone and towers effects are still unknown
no reception

Lowell, MA

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#4
Jan 19, 2011
 
I always thought they should put a cell phone tower at the fox hill cemetary. I live near there and we have terrible cell phone service at my house. All our visitors do also so it isn't just our service.

Since: May 09

Lowell, MA

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Jan 19, 2011
 
Ham Radio Operator wrote:
Is have to laugh when people start to talk about the health effects of cell towers. Do they realize that a cell site only radiates 5 (FIVE) watts of power - thats why you need so many of them to cover an area. You get more radiation that that sitting under a 60 watt light bulb to read or standing in front of your microwave oven. Look up the facts before you spout off dribble. There has not been one cited case of a cell tower causing any health effects anywhere in the world - ever!
Except that my lightbulb gets shut on and off occassionally and the cell towers will be operational full time emitting a constant, man engineered electronic signal for the next 20+ years. Also it isn't a tower that radiates 5 watts of power it's the antenna. Keep in mind t-mobile will not be putting a single antenna there will be multiple. Then keep in mind other carriers will be piggybacking that tower and putting their own antennea on there as well.

A word to those fighting this. You can NOT use the fear of health risks to fight the towers. The latest version of the Telecommunications Act has specific wording in it that doesn't allow it. The reason... the telecommunications industry wrote the law therefore they protected themselves (thank you Senator McCain and you're alleged telecommunication-girlfriend lobbyist). Oh and since that's how all laws are written these days (and never ever read by members of congress) this is how we all get scrod!

The only way you can fight this is:
1) if the proposed sight violates local zoning laws
2) if the proposed sight would cause harm to the surrounding area (think maintenance vehicles, foot traffic, and salamanders lol
3) if there are more ideal locations in town the company overlooked that would still provide the coverage they need and may be more palatable to town residents (this includes forcing them to try to negotiate with other carriers to get access to existing antenna towers)

good luck

Since: May 09

Lowell, MA

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Jan 19, 2011
 
Ham Radio Operator wrote:
There has not been one cited case of a cell tower causing any health effects anywhere in the world - ever!
That is because to do so would require a group of people to volunteer to be subject to constant radiation for 10+ year period of time and to have a control group as well. You know why this has never been done...

1. because in most civilized nations it would be illegal to conduct such a study and
2. because the telecommunication lobby, military, and utility company groups, among others, would lobby the government to close down such study

Keep in mind most towns have ordinances agains people living withing a certain distance of high voltage power lines even though there has never been a study linking exposure to those lines causes any health risks. Again laws would prevent such a study. Why can we do it for high voltage power lines and not cell towers...? Because the telecommunications act has a clause which says you CANT restrict a permit for health reasons. The power utilities have no such clause. However anecdotal evidence suggests there may be a risk. There is anecdotal evidence that cell towers present a risk and yes you can find these on the internet.
bob

North Billerica, MA

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Jan 20, 2011
 
as a resident of billerica for 24 years, it amazes me that we continue to elect stupid people to make decisions regarding our community's ability to thrive, prosper and attract a revenue base - never mind provide services to residents that are already paying higher taxes than neighboring communities. I have to daily drive by the blight of Billerica, the Billerica Mall, whcih rots in the center of town with its potholes and previous mold problems. I am a salesman who uses his cellphone for business, who has not cellphone access at his own home - and has to drive to the center of town in order to fetch my business messages. Town selectman do not represent town members. They are not the voice of reason. They do not have interest in improving its community. I have called the Town for 20 years regarding cellphone tower access and have got nowhere but a bunch of double talk.

Bottom line - town selectmen and other representatives do NOT represent the community, the needs of its members, or the services that help bring business to its community. I am utterly disgusted. This is one more reason to vote for incumbants out of office the next time we have an election - government, especially locat government which couldn't be more out of touch and often runs unapposed - just doesn't get it.
bob

North Billerica, MA

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#8
Jan 20, 2011
 
good point "no reception" - put it at the water tower by the mall. a cell phone tower, no matter how "ugly or unsightly" would improve an otherwise tragic example of our community selectmen's inability to bring much needed improvements to a town mired by poor management. the same people who are anti cell phone towers are pro billerica mall, i imagine.
v raws

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Feb 1, 2011
 
Ham Radio Operator wrote:
Is have to laugh when people start to talk about the health effects of cell towers. Do they realize that a cell site only radiates 5 (FIVE) watts of power - thats why you need so many of them to cover an area. You get more radiation that that sitting under a 60 watt light bulb to read or standing in front of your microwave oven. Look up the facts before you spout off dribble. There has not been one cited case of a cell tower causing any health effects anywhere in the world - ever!
Boy are you uninformed!
A Camp

Brooklyn, NY

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Feb 1, 2011
 
If you really want to know about the adverse health impacts of prolonged exposure to the RF emissions from cell towers, go to AntiCellTowerLawyers.com , and go to their links section
Some Tech Info

Brookline, MA

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Feb 13, 2011
 
I think that we forget how much radio transmitting is going on in our world. Mobile telephone transmission just so happens to be in the news often because of the need to continually build towers to accomodate the low power and small coverage area of each cell. However, we continually forget that a dozen radio and half dozen television stations have been transmitting from their Needham/Newton locations for DECADES. We also forget (or perhaps most don't know) that the ERP (Effective Radiating Power) of these antennas is 50,000 to 100,000 watts. I am unaware of any known concerns about living in the Newton or Needham areas for concerns over these transmissions. On the Prudential, within 1km of some 100,000 people living and working, you have additional radio and television transmissions. So, when small suburbs complain about cell towers transmitting about 50 watts of power (its more than 5 I believe, but it depends on the band) it is just one visible situations that locals fight without looking at the bigger picture. Wireless routers, laptop network cards, WiMax services, beeper transmitters, airline, military and private RF bands all send waves through your home every day. You just only think about the tower down the street.

The question is, are people in Africa who are not near any of this suffering smaller rates of cancers and if they are, can it only be attributed to the lack of radio transmissions as there are both dietary, environmental and genetic differences.

Finally, the wattage is only one determining factor of the risk of radio transmissions and the frequency also affects what the signal will DO. Just watch your pizza bubbling in the microwave oven.

I believe that our world is so dominated by the need for RF transmission of data and information that we will very soon lose our ability to have a test group for comparison. For this reason, I submit that there might just be risks to RF transmissions that we are unaware of. HOWEVER, I would also submit that you have a much greater risk of putting a small 1/2 watt cell phone to your head all day long than you do a 15 or 25 watt tower at the end of your street.

You should also remember that the farther the tower from you, the higher the power your phone must use to reach the power. If the tower is nearby, your phone lowers the wattage to save battery and you are receiving far less emission so close to your body.
Some Tech Info

Brookline, MA

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Feb 13, 2011
 
Sorry. Last paragraph should read:

You should also remember that the farther the tower from you, the higher the power your phone must use to reach the TOWER. If the tower is nearby, your phone lowers the wattage to save battery and you are receiving far less emission so close to your body.
Felicia N Trujillo

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Feb 23, 2011
 
Some Tech Info wrote:
Sorry. Last paragraph should read:
You should also remember that the farther the tower from you, the higher the power your phone must use to reach the TOWER. If the tower is nearby, your phone lowers the wattage to save battery and you are receiving far less emission so close to your body.
Hullo,
Just trying to find that brilliant anti-cell tower site in NH. If you can get back to me with that--cannot find it today.
WhyFry@fastmail.fm is direct eddress.
If folks want info on this technology: www.WhyFry.org
Mos

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Mar 2, 2011
 
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v raws wrote:
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Boy are you uninformed!
Apparently, then, so is the World Health organization, American Cancer Institute, the National Cancer Institute and all of the scientists who just completed the largest cell phone study, including 13 countries, all of who conclude that A; there is no correleaion between cell phones and/or cell towers and cancer B;there is no known physical mechanisim that can be attributed to radio waves (which are non-ionizing and thus nor cancer causing) that could cause cancer. There has been no reputable study to connect cancer and cell phones. All double blind studies about the supposed "sensitive" folks have definitively shown their symptoms to be non related to radiowaves.
This information is out there, people. If you're worried, take the time to look at published studies and understand why cell phones and cell towers cannot, literally cannot, cause cancer.
Also, we have been bathed in FM waves and television frequency for 50 years. No cancer!! Cell towers are ugly, but as has been stated abouve, they emit a tiny amount of radio waves. A very in depth study has been performed in Britian measuring the "constant" output from cell towers across the country. Even the alarmists were alarmed by how miniscule the amount was. It amounted to background noise, even in the beam center at ground level or right next to the tower.
At some point you have to answer the question of whether you believe in science. According to the World Health Organization, more studies have been done on radio waves than nearly any chemical. More than 25,000 studies. Radio waves are neither cancer causing nor magical.
Bob

Dracut, MA

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#15
Aug 7, 2012
 
Dracut has insane priorities. They are builing a new high shcool, yet laying off 75 teachers. What good is a new school with no teachers?

We have awful cell phone service. We could easily improve it, and personally i'd love to have 4 G for my wireless internet. Build some damn towers and get into the 21st Century.

I live here, vote here and pay taxes here. I'd like to see Dracut get with the times and stop catering to the vocal minority who seems to dictate the way things are done here.

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