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Drop Any Calls Lately? Blame Your Neighborhood

You buy a nice house, live in a nice neighborhood, and life is wonderful.

You get some cell phone coverage at your house, but it's not the best. You complain to your carrier, and maybe they put in a nearby cell phone site.

Not everyone's happy though, there in mild-mannered suburbia.

Lately, there's been a lot of static over the location of cell phone sites.

The battle cry is NIMBY. There are others, however, who like the idea.

Whatever side you fall on, there are those that claim the RF signal is bad for our health. From at least this writer's perspective, the jury's out.

The more immediate issue seems to be the view of cell phone towers dotting the landscape. Cell phone companies understandably want more towers, we all want better cell phone coverage, but not everyone likes the way towers look. That means complaints to the government, and of course litigation.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors denied MetroPCS' application for a new cell phone site, and not to be dissuaded, MetroPCS sued, claiming discrimination. The case, MetroPCS Inc. v. City and County of San Francisco, is pending before the 9th Circuit. We'll keep an eye out for you.

Meanwhile, as Jimmy Buffet says, "If the phone doesn't ring, it's me."

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 at 15:01 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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