Although courts have held that local jurisdictions do not have
to abandon their responsibility to protect neighborhoods in order
to accommodate the needs or desires of the wireless industry,
a basic understanding of available technology can be helpful in
dealing with those providers (not all of them) who will claim
that only a 300 foot lattice tower will allow them to deliver
A collection of news articles about the controversy surrounding
the placement of cellular towers in several Massachusetts towns.
Includes a bulletin board for discussion of the issue.
Aesthetic Impacts of Commercial Antennas
Site maintained by Paul Inghram, an urban planner, to discuss
the aesthetic aspects of tower location. Especially interesting
is his page of tower placement do's and don'ts, including photos.
A monthly newsletter aimed at municipalities handling cellular
tower permits, planning and zoning issues. If this site looks
useful, you should subscribe to the monthly newsletter (Cities
and Counties can get one copy for free).
Lucent Wireless Networks
Formerly part of AT&T, Lucent manufactures, installs and supports
cellular equipment. On their site, you'll find regular updates
about wireless technology, including archived audio and video
Antenna Siting, from the CTIA (Cellular
Telecommunications Industry Association)
A site developed for professionals in the wireless industry, useful
for getting some insight into the providers' point of view. Has
a database listing towns with tower moratoria, as well as reports
on scientific research and federal regulation.
PCIA (Personal Communications Industry
Also, helps to shed light on the industry side of the issue. Updated
regularly - see "Today's Top 10 Wireless Stories."
Useful although curiously waggish site with links to tower builders,
installers and regulators - the works.
A substantial list of links, covering everything from the history
of telephony to electromagnetism, the FCC and industry consultants.
Designed for use by a class of undergraduate engineers at Harvard.
The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications
Their mission statement is to "encourage competition in all communications
markets and to protect the public interest." A tough job. There
is a wealth of information for both public and private sectors
Although your lawyer will (or should) caution you not to fight
cell towers on health issues because regulation of radio frequency
emissions has been preempted at the federal level, I know many
of you are concerned about these issues. The following links will
get you started:
FEB - The Swedish Association for the
Roy Beavers is a retired naval officer and former utility company
executive. He has been trying to inform the public about the hazards
of EMF since 1995. If you like his site, email him to explain
why you are interested in EMF and ask to join his discussion group.
You do not have to participate unless you want to. He posts messages
from scientists and concerned individuals from all around the
The EMR Alliance
A membership organization of those concerned about electromagnetic
field radiation. Some information is available on the site, more
via subscription to their newsletter.
Some people have become so concerned about cell towers blooming
everywhere that they have put up web sites to assist those of
you who are opposing one in your neighborhood for the first time.
Cellular Tower Coalition
This site offers updates on current litigation around the country,
news of developing technologies, and to-do lists for local organizing.
Julie Fournier, having successfully fought the location of a cell
tower at her children's grade school, shares her research - and
her story - with others in similar situations.