Unfortunately, there isn't much one can do to stop the
proliferation and continued build out of cell phone towers
and structures. Although thought to be legislation about
deregulation issues, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (TCA)
was really an open invitation for the cell phone industry to
place their towers anywhere they wanted. Section 704 of the
TCA basically states that local authorities can't ban the
placement of towers in their jurisdictions. The law says:
"No State or local government or instrumentality thereof may
regulate the placement, construction, and modification of
personal wireless service facilities on the basis of the
environmental effects of radio frequency emissions to the
extent that such facilities comply with the Commission's
regulations concerning such emissions." So legally the local
government can't refuse the construction of a cell phone
tower in your neighborhood!
Any challenge by local communities could easily end up in
federal court. Our lawmakers have basically given the cell
phone industry free reign to install these towers wherever
they want. And, by the way, the cell phone industry helped
write this legislation that our government officials passed
as law! The public, therefore, now has no voice and no vote.
Is there something wrong with this picture? Why didn't our
public officials represent the people instead of big
business? Why would you let the very industry you're trying
to regulate write it's own laws?
Does the income outweigh the potential risks? It appears
not. Scores of studies and well-respected research have
exposed alarming health effects from various forms of cancer
to stress. Many experts today are predicting an epidemic in
brain cancer soon.
Representatives from the industry are quick to point out the
microwaves emitted by cell phone towers are well below
federal standards. And indeed they may be. At least on
paper. Most towers operate at a power output of 100 watts.
However, this isn't the total wattage of the tower. What
they aren't telling you is that 100 watts is the power per
channel. Since one tower may have dozens of channels you can
see that the power output could be highly excessive and well
beyond 100 watts. It's a technical loophole. And, of course,
who is monitoring the power output from these towers after
they are erected? The FCC certainly isn't. It doesn't have
the manpower or money to properly regulate the millions of
towers and antennas now online. And who is to prevent these
companies from turning up the wattage when no one is around?
Some have reported that many of these towers have already
shown power outputs in the 900 to 1000 watt range.
You Can't Escape The Radiation. It's Everywhere.
We simply can't escape the exposure to this radiation. It's
everywhere. There are so many people using cell phones and
wireless connections today that you don't even have to own a
cell phone to be exposed. You're just as exposed as everyone
else. Every time someone makes a call from a mobile phone
the signal is sent to a cell phone tower. There are so many
calls being made by everyone all around us and now there are
so many mobile phone towers in operation, that all of us are
caught in the crossfire. It's like second-hand smoke from
cigarettes, except that we can't get away from it. There
simply isn't anywhere to escape.
Cell phone towers emit signals in a "flower petal" pattern
around the tower. This 360-degree radius around the tower is
called a "cell" and this is what the term "cell" in cell
phone means. When your phone is in a "cell" you get good
reception and when it isn't in a ?"cell" you get poor
reception. So, for a cell phone company to provide complete
coverage cell phone towers and antenna towers must be
positioned all across the country so that the "cells"
overlap. You can begin to see what a huge infrastructure
needs to be created to provide complete cell phone coverage.
That's why cell phone towers and antenna towers are so
prevalent. Furthermore, that's why these antennas are
installed in so many places like rooftops, fire stations,
schools and churches. This is what is necessary for complete
If you aren't sure that cell phone towers and masts are
harmful the following study summaries should convince you.
Below are listed six studies that have shown significant
adverse health effects on people living near cell phone
towers. According to Dr. Grahame Blackwell "these are the
only studies known that specifically consider the effects of
masts on people. All six studies show clear and significant
ill-health effects. There are no known studies relating to
health effects of masts that do not show such ill-health
* Santini et al. found significant health problems in people
living within 300 meters of a cell phone base station or
tower. The recommendation was made from the study that cell
phone base stations should not be placed closer than 300
meters to populated areas. Pathol Biol (Paris) 2002; 50:
* A Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research
study entitled, "Effects of Global Communications System
Radio-Frequency Fields On Well Being and Cognitive Function
of Human Subjects With and Without Subjective Complaints"
found significant effects on well being including headaches,
muscle fatigue, pain, and dizziness from tower emissions
well below the "safety" level.
* Gerd, Enrique, Manuel, Ceferino and Claludio conducted a
Spanish study called "The Microwave Syndrome" and found
adverse health effects from those living near two cell phone
base stations. The health effects included fatigue, a
tendency toward depression, sleeping disorders, difficulty
in concentration and cardiovascular problems.
* From an Israeli study published in the International
Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 1, No. 2, April 2004,
Wolf and Wolf reported a fourfold increase in the incidence
of cancer in people living within 350 meters of a cell phone
tower as compared to the Israeli general population. They
also reported a tenfold increase specifically among women.
* In the Naila Study from Germany, November 2004, five
medical doctors collaborated to assess the risk to people
living near a cell phone tower. The retrospective study was
taken from patient case histories between 1994 and 2004 from
those who had lived during the past ten years at a distance
up to 400 meters from the tower site. The results showed
that the proportion of newly developed cancer cases was
significantly higher in those patients living within the
400-meter distance and that the patients became ill on
average eight years earlier. In the years 1999 to 2004,
after five years of operation of the transmitting tower, the
relative risk of getting cancer had trebled for residents of
the area in the proximity of the installation compared to
the inhabitants of Naila outside the area.
* An Austrian Study released in May 2005, showed that
radiation from a cell phone tower at a distance of 80 meters
causes significant changes of the electrical currents in the
brains of test subjects. All test subjects indicated they
felt unwell during the radiation and some reported being
seriously ill. According to the scientists doing the study,
this is the first worldwide proof of significant changes of
the electrical currents in the brain, as measured by EEG, by
a cell phone base station at a distance of 80 meters.
Subjects reported symptoms such as buzzing in the head,
tinnitus, palpitations of the heart, lightheadedness,
anxiety, shortness of breath, nervousness, agitation,
headache, heat sensation and depression. According to
scientists this is the first proof that electrical circuits
in the brain are significantly affected by a cell phone
tower. The distance in this study was a mere 80 meters.
Two-time Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Gerald Hyland, a physicist,
had this to say about mobile phone towers. "Existing safety
guidelines for cell phone towers are completely inadequate.
Quite justifiably, the public remains skeptical of attempts
by governments and industry to reassure them that all is
well, particularly given the unethical way in which they
often operate symbiotically so as to promote their own
Dr. Bruce Hocking did a study in Syndey, Australia, of
children living near TV and FM broadcast towers, which by
the way, are very similar to cell phone towers. He found
that these children had more than twice the rate of leukemia
as children living more than seven miles away from these
Results in yet another recent study conducted on inhabitants
living near or under a mobile phone base station antenna
yielded the following prevalence of neuropsychiatric
complaints: headache (23.5%), memory changes (28.2%),
dizziness (18.8%), tremors (9.4%), depressive symptoms
(21.7%), and sleep disturbances(23.5%). In this study the
participants were given a neurobehavioral test battery
measuring such things as problem solving, visuomotor speed,
attention andmemory. Symptoms of exposed inhabitants were
significantly higher than control groups.
Furthermore, Europe's top environmental watchdog group,
European Environment Agency (EEA), is calling for immediate
action to reduce exposure to mobile phone masts. EEA
suggests action to reduce exposure immediately to vulnerable
groups such as children.
The development of brain tumors in staff members working in
a building in Melbourne, Australia, prompted the closing of
the top floors of the building. The Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology is housed in the building. Seven
staff members were diagnosed with brain tumors and five of
the seven worked on the top floor. A cell phone antenna is
located on the roof of the building.
The Orange phone company in England is being forced to
remove its mast tower on a building in Bristol, England. The
removal is a result of a five-year effort by residents and
local authorities to have the mast removed. Cancer rates in
the building, which has become known internationally as the
"Tower of Doom," have soared to ten times the national
average for the 110 residents living there. The two masts
sitting on the roof, one owned by Orange and the other by
Vodafone, were installed in 1994. Vodafone has refused the
remove its mast.
Cell Phone Towers Affect Animals
Animals aren't exempt from exposure the cell phone tower
radiation either. One veterinary school in Hanover, Germany,
reports that dairy cows kept in close proximity to a cell
phone tower for two years had a reduction in milk production
in addition to other health problems including abnormal
Firefighters Vote To Suspend Cell Tower Construction On Fire
Concerned about the effect that masts have on the nation's
firefighters, The International Association of Fire Fighters
voted in 2004 to voice its opposition to cell phone towers
and antennas being place on and around fire stations. They
want proof first that there isn't a safety issue and have
asked for a moratorium on further construction and placement
of any more towers or antennas on or around firehouses until
such a study can be conducted.
What Are These Antennas Doing To Our Kids While They're In
School?'t worth the risk. They should not be subjected to
microwave radiation when science has proven there could
clearly be devastating effects as outlined in the previously
mentioned studies. School boards and parent organizations
need to be aware of the inherent dangers from such an
exposure. It's been clearly shown that microwave radiation
penetrates the head of a child much easier than that of an
adult. This is due to the thinner and softer bones in the
head of child. Skull bones don't fully harden until about
How Many Cell Phone Towers Are Near You?
The average person lives within one-half mile of a cell
phone tower. Have you ever wondered how close you live or
work to one of these towers? Would it bother you if one were
right in your backyard? How many of these towers and
antennas do you think there are in your immediate area? Find
out by visiting the website
.Simply type in your address and you'll get a listing and a
map of all the towers and antennas within a short radius of
your address. Like most people you'll probably gasp when you
see the numbers. These towers are literally everywhere.
Hundreds and hundreds of them are probably located within a
few miles of your home or office.
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