RF Safety & Wireless News

How strong are different magnetic fields?

Those surrounding cellphones and their towers, power lines and Wi-Fi are often relatively weak.
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Wi-Fi rides to wireless networks' rescue

Nearly three years after Apple introduced the game-changing iPhone, wireless operators around the globe are feeling the effects of the wireless data tsunami that is well under way. Even networks that don't support the iPhone are feeling the pinch as a generation of new wireless devices offering bandwidth-hungry Web applications are hitting networks.
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FCC May Pay Broadcasters for Airwaves

To relieve the strain on mobile networks caused by smartphones, the agency is considering a plan to pay broadcasters to vacate some of their airwaves
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The real winners in the game of political donations

Although the outcome is far from clear, the stage appears set for a blockbuster election season for congressional incumbents and wannabes. Following the Supreme Court's landmark ruling removing spending limits on corporations' political donations, those inside the Beltway are expecting businesses across the spectrum--including telecom heavyweights--to kick in record funds to federal candidates.
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Largest worldwide biological experiment ever

The First Parish Unitarian Church may someday soon attempt to lease its steeple for cell antennas. If the church signs a wireless contract it will become an accomplice in what scientists refer to as the largest worldwide biological experiment ever.
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FULL SIGNAL - new movie about wireless health hazards

Filmed in Ten countries and Six US states, Full Signal examines the contradiction between health and finance, one of the many ironies of the fight to regulate antenna placement.
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InSite gets private-equity investment for tower builds and buys

InSite Wireless Group L.L.C. received an unspecified round of funding from Catalyst Investors that it plans to use to continue to grow its business, including building more towers and distributed antenna systems and acquiring tower assets.
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AT&T Teams with Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent on 4G

AT&T took a big step forward in its plan to deploy Long Term Evolution technology by selecting Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent as its LTE equipment vendors.
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Cisco predicts wireless-data explosion

If wireless operators thought they'd faced a deluge of data traffic from the iPhone, they haven't seen anything yet, according to a survey from network equipment giant Cisco Systems.
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Reality Check: Our marginal wireless infrastructure

Emboldened by a vision of a national wireless infrastructure that would set the standard for the world, Congress enacted the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to "promote competition and reduce regulation" and "encourage the rapid deployment of new telecommunications technologies."
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Sprint May Buy MetroPCS

Sprint Nextel Corp., the third- largest U.S. wireless carrier, may buy MetroPCS Communications Inc. as acquisition activity in the low-priced mobile-phone service industry heats up, Collins Stewart LLC said.
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Beyond Risk and Reason

Assessing health risks is a tricky business. Teaching others how to do it is no easier. To see this, you need to look no further than a recent report from the Geneva-based International Risk Governance Council (IRGC), a self-described "independent" group run by a group of government, industry and academic leaders.
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Deutsche Telekom's Limited Options for T-Mobile

DT is said to be mulling a public offering for market-lagging T-Mobile USA, but demand for shares seems weak and any merger faces obstacles.
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Tower ’s Site Attracts Interference

City officials will again consider a proposed T-Mobile cell tower at Fire Station 3 in the Top of the World neighborhood at its regular meeting on Feb. 2, and neighbors plan to again voice their opposition.
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AT&T Fourth-Quarter Subscriber Gains Top Some Estimates

AT&T Inc., the biggest U.S. phone company, reported fourth-quarter subscriber gains that exceeded some analysts estimates, helped by Apple Inc. iPhone and devices like e-readers.
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How the FCC's misguided efforts stifle carrier innovation

The Federal Communications Commission's attempts to regulate the wireless industry, from everything from net neutrality to handset exclusivity to early-termination fees, reminds me of the phrase: "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."
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Cox wraps up 4G wireless tests, rolling out 3G

Cox Communications Inc. has wrapped up testing on a fourth generation of cellular technology in the Phoenix and San Diego area as the Atlanta-based company rolls out wireless its 3G service in select markets.
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AT&T boosts network investment

AT&T said Thursday that it will invest an additional $2 billion in its network in 2010 to make sure it keeps up with the growing demand from new smartphones and other 3G data devices, such as the Apple iPad, on its network.
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Crown Castle Q4 revenues tick up 13%

Crown Castle International Corp. reported fourth-quarter revenues up 13% to $443.5 million, and site rental revenue up 13% to $402.6 million during the period. For the year, the tower company posted adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of $1 billion, up roughly 15% from EBITDA of $867 million in 2008.
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CTIA responds to planning groups' protest of shot-clock provision

CTIA has challenged a petition for reconsideration from municipal planning authorities that ask the Federal Communications Commission to clarify its position on a 30-day "tolling" period related to the federal shot-clock on tower siting issues.
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AT&T settles class action suit on early termination fees

AT&T Mobility told its customers via e-mail today that it has settled a class action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Newark. The suit alleged AT&T's flat-rate early termination fee usually between $150 and $175 was unlawful.
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Tower heightens controversy in Yucaipa

A proposed wireless communications structure at Bryant Glen Sports Park in Yucaipa is drawing criticism from a group of residents.
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Commission raises health questions in tower review

If Baltimore Gas and Electric or any company wants to add radiation-emitting technology to communication towers in Carroll County, it might soon trigger a few extra steps.
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More devices, more traffic mean more complexity in managing the network

The explosion of wireless devices and content - with predictions of 7 trillion devices connected to wireless networks by 2017 - will present increasingly complex challenges for service providers trying to manage their networks. As such, companies involved in the OSS/BSS space are ramping up their products and services to help carriers meeting the demands of tomorrow's networks.
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Will NIEHS Ever “Get” EMFs?

"A severe limitation of the experimental approach for studying the possible carcinogenic effect of EMFs is the use of the same criteria traditionally applied to study the carcinogenicity of chemical agents. In the sequence of events that lead to malignant transformation, mechanisms other than direct interaction with or damage to DNA may be involved."
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Connecticut Governor Proclaims May 2010 as Electromagnetic Sensitivity Awareness Month

Her Excellency M. Jodi Rell, Governor of the State of Connecticut, signed a proclamation declaring May 2010 as Electromagnetic Sensitivity (EMS) Awareness Month in Connecticut. As stated in the proclamation , people in Connecticut and throughout the world have developed Electromagnetic Sensitivity (EMS) as a result of global electromagnetic pollution.
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Cell Tower Plan Picks Up Static

Even though T-Mobile customers in Laguna Beach would hit fewer black holes for reception, some Top of the World residents see a proposed 36-foot-high cellphone tower as a nightmare looming outside the bedroom window.
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Global Mobile Revenues to Top $1 Trillion in 2013

The mobile service revenues all around the world are expected to reach US$1 trillion in 2013, even if the voice revenues were said to decrease in the meantime, a recent report from Informa Telecom's & Media shows. Moreover, the report states that the growth in service revenues will be mainly fueled by data revenues, which should top more than US$330 billion in 2013, up from US$208 billion in 2008.
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Cox Wireless Service To Launch In March

In 2008's 700 MHz Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum auction, Cox Communications won 14 Block A and 8 Block B licenses for bids totaling $304 million. Through a joint venture with Sprint and several other cable companies, Cox also spent $2.37 billion to buy 137 AWS licenses. If those acquisitions didn't make it obvious, Cox is planning to become a wireless voice/broadband carrier. Unlike Comcast and Time Warner Cable however, Cox wants to do more than just resell existing service -- they want to build a wireless network.
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Will tower snafus decline as shot clock looms?

Depending on your locale, they may be more hidden or disguised, but make no mistake - cellular towers continue to multiple at a heavy rate. Providing the equivalent of a lifeline by which the entire wireless industry flows to and from, cell towers remain as controversial as ever.
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