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Re: Debate Over Cell Phone Towers Growing

Joseph (
Tue, 23 Aug 2005 06:51:00 -0700

On Mon, 22 Aug 2005 17:05:34 -0500, Jim Salter <>

> "Almost every one of my neighbors says they're going to move if this
> thing goes up," O'Brien said.

And more likely than not they're the same people who will whine that
they can't get a good signal when they try to make calls on their
mobile phones. I think it's just a little strange to mount a huge
campaign especially when a company goes out of its way so what they're
doing won't intrude on a community. So many people getting bent out
of shape over a perceived danger that has not even been proven in
twenty years when there are other bigger targets which are likely more
of a threat. You don't see people railing against the power companies
for running high voltage transmission lines through neighbourhoods
"ruining" their property values either.

Date: 23 Aug 2005 07:41:40 -0700
Newsgroups: comp.dcom.telecom
Subject: Re: Local Exchange Not Local in Sylva, NC
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Organization: TELECOM Digest
X-Telecom-Digest: Volume 24, Issue 382, Message 9 of 10
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Fred Atkinson wrote:

> It means they should only have to dial seven digits. ...

Because of area code splits, overlays, and diverse population and
industry, many calls today require ten digits.

> True, but you have to understand the culture of the area I'm in to
> fully get the picture. ...
> It is a problem when you have folks who are constantly watching the
> amount of long distance calls being made. Unfortunately, we *are* in
> that position.

I'm glad it worked out for you.

But I thought _I_ was old fashioned about modern technology.

My mother was extremely frugal. When she wanted to talk to her sister
(a long distance call), she would use the drugstore phone and bring
only enough change for a 3 minute call. That forced her to limit the
call to 3 minutes. Normally she and her sister sent postcards back
and forth. But about ten years ago they got 5c/min Sundays. They
stopped using postcards and used the phone instead, talking for an
hour or more. My mother also regularly called relatives across the
country. BTW, even in the nursing home they'd let my mother make
occassional free toll calls from the nurse's desk.

Anyway, the point is that a once-frugal elderly person who once
thought of long distance telephone as very serious business changed
and used the phone freely. Certainly you don't want toll calls all
over the place all day long, but I would think today a business would
be looking at a bigger picture.

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