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FCC votes to speed up cell tower sites

In its monthly meeting this morning, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted to impose a "shot clock" for siting tower applications, or the process wireless carriers must follow to install new wireless antennas and nodes on towers to expand cell phone networks.
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Klobuchar derides new Verizon policy

Sen. Amy Klobuchar sent a letter to Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell C. McAdam this morning expressing her dissapointment with a recent decision by the company to double early termination fees for customers with smartphones.
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AT&T-Centennial Deal Gets Final Regulatory Approval From FCC

AT&T Inc. can complete its $945 million purchase of Centennial Communications Corp. after winning regulatory approval from the Federal Communications Commission.
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Why I Am Concerned about Cell Phones

The Biointiative Report came out in 2007 and sent shock waves through parts of the research community. The product of Cindy Sage, an experienced environmental consultant, and David Carpenter, a distinguished researcher and former dean of public health at State University of New York, this report by more than two dozen expert scientists provided a concise overview of studies ranging from experimental work in cell cultures and animals to the evolving and contradictory efforts of epidemiologists.
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News focus on electromagnetic radiation, phone masts

In the UK are now using 70m mobile phones - more than one phone per man, woman and child - but the jury remains out on the long-term damage they may be causing.
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Court says cities have the right to bar telecommunications towers

In Palos Verdes Estates, where the first home builders 80 years ago had to pass muster before an "art jury," it came as little surprise when city fathers nixed wireless telecommunications contraptions that would clash with the community's carefully nurtured ambience and obstruct ocean vistas.
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AT&T and astroturf: is

As the FCC prepares to lay down tougher net neutrality rules, hundreds of nonprofit groups are filing comments urging the agency to go slow on the policy. Is telco funding behind this push? Ars investigates the murky world of lobbying.
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New York City will monitor all cell site antenna RF levels

New York City's recent introduction of legislation that would require the Department of Buildings to monitor the radiofrequency electromagnetic fields emitted by cell site antennas would help legislators to turn down proposed cell sites, according to the bill's sponsor, Councilman Vincent Gentile.
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US CTO Reaches Out to Telcos

The Obama administration wants to forge partnerships with service providers to support a bevy of ambitious technology initiatives, Aneesh Chopra, the nation's CTO, said during his keynote this morning.
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Communications: An Industry That's Working

Activist advocates for consumers or patient guardians of vital sectors: The correct role of the regulator has always been a matter of debate for the state and federal officials who oversee industries from electricity and communications to banking.
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Maine Bill to Mandate Cell-Phone Warning Labels

Early next year, Maine Rep. Andrea Boland plans to introduce a bill that would require all cell phones and their packaging to carry a warning label, advising children and pregnant women to keep the device away from their heads and bodies.
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Cell tower built without proper permit

The sudden appearance of a new cellphone tower near Lake Vermilion's Frazer Bay was not just a shocker to local residents' it was a surprise as well to members of the Greenwood Township Planning Commission, which has oversight over such projects.
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Baca POA considers a cell tower—Improved communication at what cost?

The Baca Grande Property Owners Association held a public comment meeting on whether to respond to a proposal from Commnet Wireless to pursue a lease and install a cell phone tower on POA property near the Kit Carson Rod & Gun Club and Camper Village. The POA Board said it was their first discussion, and someone commented that one would need a PhD to grasp the information so we’d have to trust Comnet and the FCC. That, as it turns out, could be misguided trust. We would all benefit from accurate information on the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) standards, the impact of radio frequency radiation (RF), how EMR impacts property values and our safety. Most of all, there is newer technology that can make unnecessary the radiation from cell towers.
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Radiation: A silent killer among us

Notice to all parents: Since there exists no official agency empowered to regulate, monitor or enforce the public's exposure to dangerous microwave radiation, and our Federal Communications Commission has allowed the telecommunications industry to dictate the laws since 1996 and abdicated its duty to protect the citizens, the wireless industry is saturating our environment with deadly microwaves 24-7. As new toys are invented, the relay transformers on existing cell phone towers are increasing and thousands more are being built.
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IBEW, AT&T iron out three-year contract

In the latest happening in the ongoing saga between AT&T and its union-represented employees, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) voted to ratify a three-year labor agreement with the incumbent carrier
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Scrutinizing Cell Providers

Ask ten people what they think of their wireless service provider, such as Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T, and you'll probably get ten different answers.
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Mobile phone risk clearer, EU agency says

European Environment Agency (EEA) officials believe scientific evidence is now more strongly in favour of a link between long-term use of mobile phones and brain cancer risk. The Agency first issued an "early warning" about the hazard in September 2007, spurred by the findings of the BioInitiative Report.
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Texas towers feared for unsafe radiation

Everyone wants the convenience of supply without the inconvenience of service. What at first appeared to be a classic case of 'Not in my Backyard,' recent complaints regarding cell phone towers revealed concerns about more than just aesthetics.
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More research needed, scientists testify at Senate panel on cellphone RF

Not much new came out of yesterday's Senate subcommittee panel on whether cellphone use is dangerous to one's health. Scientists by and large said more research is needed, that the data is lacking, and long-term effects are the most area of concern.
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Mobile operators too haphazard with service deployments

Mobile operators have been losing out on revenue due to their haphazard approach to launching services, according to network testing company Ixia.
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AT&T West, CWA hammer out three-year agreement

Only a week after AT&T and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) reached tentative contract deal covering about 8,000 legacy wireline employees, AT&T West and CWA District 9 have finalized a three-year agreement.
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Cell phone health issues--the war of words drags on

The Interphone Study was established to comprehensively provide an answer to any link between RF exposure from mobile phones and associated cancer risks. The project, which has attracted around 35 million of funds from 13 countries, was formed in 1999 and has yet to produce its report.
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City Reconsiders Cell Tower Sites

City Council is reconsidering whether cell phone towers should be allowed in residential neighborhoods. The issue reached council this week, when regional provider Shentel asked for a special-use permit to erect a telecommunications tower off East Market Street, behind the Rockingham Group.
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Southington residents object to cell phone antennas

Neighbors who live near a water tank in the area of High Tower Road are concerned about the number of cell phone antennas attached to the 63-foot-tall structure.
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The Children’s Wireless Protection Act

We the people of the United States petition Congress for the immediate placement of clear and visible warning labels on all cell phone packaging. The citizens of the United States are not being properly warned or protected against the harmful and potentially deadly health effects from these now ubiquitously used EMR (electromagnetic radiation) emitting products. Further, all warning labels should be paid for by industry.
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Northborough residents fired up about cell phone tower

More than 40 people attended a Planning Board public hearing on a 125-foot monopole telecommunications tower proposed to be built at the National Grid facility on Bearfoot Road.
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Boca neighborhoods raise bar for cell phone companies

New rules require companies to look in industrial, commercial and business districts first. A neighborhood is an option if it is the only spot where the company can provide service.
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Boca Prioritizes Cell Tower Options

The city's stricter regulations on cell towers and antennas in neighborhoods likely won't stop T-Mobile from pursuing plans for the Palm Beach Farms community.
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Still strength in union numbers?

The last year or so has not been an easy one for the telecom industry's rank and file employees, particularly those who are members of unions.
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Perphaps ICNIRP’S epidemiology has it terribly wrong…

As Ahlbon et al points out in the latest ICNIRP inspired cell phone risk assessment, for carcinogens which have a very long average induction time, if there was a causal effect there should be an observable increase in risk much earlier than the average induction time.
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