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Balancing Act

Expanding wireless coverage oftentimes involves balancing two competing interests – (1) those of the general public who continue to demand the fastest, strongest and most technologically advanced wireless service, and (2) those of the individuals in the immediate vicinity of cellular towers needed to provide that service, whose views and other aesthetic considerations could be impacted by such towers.  A recent example of that balancing act recently occurred in Pleasant Hill, California, where the local city council granted AT&T permission to build a 45-foot cellular tower.  To accommodate aesthetic and viewpoint considerations of local residents, AT&T revised its plans for the tower to, among other things, disguise the tower as a pine tree, locate the tower 20 feet further downhill than originally planned, reduce the number of antenna panels attached to the tower, and build a 7-foot redwood fence to enclose the structure.  As demand for wireless coverage continues to increase, expect this balancing act to continue for the foreseeable future. Read more …

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