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The Telecom Digest for Oct 14, 2014
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|Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:16:57 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon tower denied by Columbia County Commission Message-ID: <email@example.com> I'm passing this along because, although this particular instance is a local matter, I wonder if the U.S. is getting to a tipping point vis-a-vis cell towers and citizens' tolerance of urban clutter. - - - - A wireless tower was recently denied by Columbia County Commission in an area that's rapidly growing. Back in July Verizon Wireless made a request to build a cell phone tower, off William Few Parkway in Columbia County. The Columbia County Commission unanimously voted against it Tuesday. When asked why, Commission Chair Ron Cross said there were two main concerns. "They said the fall zone was fine for 110-foot tower but they requested a hundred-and-sixty foot tower, which the fall zone is not safe for that...And we do realize we need to take some action on our height ordinance and maybe extend it to a hundred and fifty feet but the location was the main concern we are not comfortable having a tower that close to a residential area," Cross said. http://www.nbc26.tv/story/26768294/verizon-tower-denied-by-columbia-county-commission -or- http://goo.gl/dZud69 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) I'll send this song around the world with love for every boy and girl Hoping they don't mind a little advice in rhyme You'll find in life or revolution rarely is there a quick solution Anything worthwhile takes a little time - Pete Seeger|
|Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:45:10 -0400 From: Julian Thomas <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon tower denied by Columbia County Commission Message-ID: <624AD1A5-D1FB-4393-89E1-C8E4A8AB1927@jt-mj.net> > On Oct 13, 2014, at 10:16, Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> wrote: > > Back in July Verizon Wireless made a request to build a cell phone > tower, off William Few Parkway in Columbia County Neither yr post nor the link makes it clear in what state Columbia County is located. -- Julian Thomas http:jt-mj.net In the beautiful Genesee Valley of Western NY State! ***** Moderator's Note ***** It's in Georgia, near Augusta, but I posted the story to ask about national trends and whether Columbia County residents are a bellwether for "NIMBY" sentiments in other places. Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: 13 Oct 2014 19:01:40 -0000 From: "John Levine" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon tower denied by Columbia County Commission Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> In article <email@example.com> you write: >I'm passing this along because, although this particular instance is a >local matter, I wonder if the U.S. is getting to a tipping point >vis-a-vis cell towers and citizens' tolerance of urban clutter. > "They said the fall zone was fine for 110-foot tower but they > requested a hundred-and-sixty foot tower, which the fall zone is > not safe for that... The fall zone issue is entirely normal -- free standing towers always should have enough clear space around them that they won't hit something if the guy wires fail and they fall over. The residential area thing is a non-starter under Federal law. Sounds to me like if Verizon hadn't cheaped out, and had applied for two or three 110 foot towers instead, which would probably provide better coverage, they'd have had no problem. R's, John ***** Moderator's Note ***** "Pencil drop" tower standards are often ignored by municipalities, as was the case with some existing towers owned by the county involved in this case. Since they enjoy sovereign immunity, they get to ignore the rules, but I digress. Of course, there's a concern about fall damage, but there's also a concern about proper cellphone operation. Balancing (no pun intended) tower height and possible risk against the need to serve cellular users at reasonable cost is a normal function of government, but I get a feeling that some towers are more equal than others. Are developers moving to make "no tower zones" a marketing feature? Bill Horne Moderator|
|Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:09:50 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: U.S. Carrier Wireless Weekly Review Message-ID: <email@example.com> After frantic marketing activity following launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, it was a relatively quiet week for the major U.S. wireless players- AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. While there were fewer new offers by the carriers, plenty of other reasons kept them in the news. Below we discuss the noteworthy events pertaining to the top U.S. carriers from last week. http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2014/10/10/u-s-wireless-carrier-weekly-review-att-verizon-sprint-2/ -or- http://goo.gl/t4snGc -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) Ring, ring, telephone ring, somebody says Baby what you doin'? I've been wondering how you've been, now and then I think about you and me. Reeves/Harvey|
|Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:19:54 +0000 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: CenturyLink told to modify ad claims Message-ID: <20141013171954.GA6260@billhorne.com> The National Advertising Division (NAD) wants CenturyLink to modify the way it compares its Internet speeds with those offered by Comcast. Specifically, the advertising industry's investigative unit, which is administered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus, wants the phone company to address and revise claims that it is 13 times faster than basic cable, six times faster than basic cable, offers speeds up to 40 Mbps and speeds up to 20 Mbps, the organization said in a press release. http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/centurylink-told-modify-comparative-internet-speed-advertising-claims/2014-10-06 ? -or- http://goo.gl/w2WmBd -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) Gypsy Davey he burns out their camps With his faithful slave Pedro behind him he tramps Assembling a fantastic collection of stamps To win friends and influence his uncle - Bob Dylan|
|Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:58:23 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Digital pirates steal signals, money from leagues Message-ID: <email@example.com> Josh Peter, USA Today, October 8, 2014 LAS VEGAS -- Parading into the Octagon, the fighters brawled, unleashing kicks and punches that drew lusty cheers and, more often than not, ample blood bout after bout. "Just keeps on coming," said Clint Cox, Director of Content Protection for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) that stages the mixed martial arts events. Yet Cox was less focused on the fighters than on the action on the six computer screens he monitored. >From his second-floor office, almost five miles from the UFC's show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena recently, Cox chased digital pirates -- computer hackers who steal the UFC's pay-per-view signal and rebroadcast it online for free rather than the $54.99 the UFC charges. Continued: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2014/10/07/television-pirates-pay-per-view-ufc-nfl-nba-nhl-mlb/16871583/ -or- http://goo.gl/tGRtiS Neal McLain|
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