Sunday, December 11, 2022



Is it a cactus? A palm tree? Water tower? No! It's a cell phone tower! That's right! Cell phone towers today are camouflaged in subtle ways that were unheard of even a few years ago. See a grain silo? Or erect a church? You realize it. It may very well be a cell phone tower. There's even a cell phone tower that looks like a lighthouse...never mind that it's more than two miles from the ocean.

But don't let the cute and simple disguises fool you. Behind the facade of these innocent designs lurks a real and present danger.

Why disguise? Obviously, for aesthetic reasons. Cell phone companies don't want to disappoint their neighbor friends. They want to blend in. So they mix with toxic electromagnetic radiation as they blast into your home and neighborhood.

Cell phone towers, sometimes called masts or mobile phone towers, weren't a problem until a few years ago when they were very few. One can often drive for miles through the countryside and never see one. They were few in number and could only be found in obscure places and were only occasionally seen on the hills. The number of cell phone towers today has increased dramatically. There are now more than 1.9 million cell phone towers and antenna towers spread across the US that can now be found everywhere in churches, schools and firehouses as well as on building roofs. Did you know there is a cell phone tower near Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park? Not sleeping well at night? There is probably a cell phone tower nearby.

Why would a cell phone tower be placed in a church, school or firehouse? Why would the school board and congregation agree to this? Money it's pretty simple. Mobile phone companies will pay these companies and private property owners handsomely to install their devices on their properties This "rent money" can range from a few hundred dollars a month to several thousand dollars a month. What school district or church couldn't use the extra money to help a struggling budget? By "renting" space in an already constructed building, the cellphone industry doesn't have to buy land, build towers or build new buildings. It mounts its equipment on an already existing structure. It's a win-win deal for the cell phone company and the new 'homeowner'.

The opposition to this cell tower installment went unnoticed and unquestioned. Not so today. Neighbors and citizens are protesting loudly. But it's not the aesthetics that motivate residents and property owners to oppose the structure. Communities and citizens fear the potential health effects of this technology as well as adverse effects on property values.

We can't stop building cell phone towers

Unfortunately, not much can be done to stop the proliferation and continued construction of cell phone towers and structures. Although supposed to be legislation about deregulation issues, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (TCA) was actually an open invitation to the cell phone industry to set up their towers wherever they wanted. Section 704 of the TCA essentially states that local authorities cannot prohibit the erection of towers in their jurisdiction. Such emissions" are therefore legally local governments. Can't resist building a cell phone tower in your neighborhood! Any challenge by local communities can easily end up in federal court. Our lawmakers have given the cellphone industry free reign to put up towers wherever they want. And, by the way, the cell phone industry helped write the law that our government officials passed into law! So now people have no voice and vote. Is there something wrong with this picture? Why did not our government officials represent the people rather than big businessmen? Why let the industry you want to regulate write your own laws?

Does the return outweigh the potential risk? I don't think so. Many studies and reputable studies have revealed the serious health effects of stress from various types of cancer. Today many experts are predicting an epidemic in brain cancer soon.

Industry representatives are quick to point out that microwaves emitted from cell phone towers are below federal standards. And indeed they may be. At least on paper. Most towers operate at 100 watts of power output. However, this is not the total wattage of the tower. What they don't tell you is that the power is 100 watts per channel. Because a tower can have dozens of channels.

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