Wireless Technology


Net Neutrality: Insights from Glendale’s 2009 Cell Tower Controversy

The FCC’s failed 2009 attempt to enact net neutrality occurred as the City of Glendale was updating its wireless facility citing rules. Covering developments and exploring the issues in context, I observed that net neutrality supports the expansion and commercial viability of wireless networks. Wireless networks are limited by bandwidth […]

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U.S. Interior Dept Says Cell Tower Emissions Could Impact Birds – Calls for Environmental Review

Impacts from non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation emitted by communication towers could be significant for birds, notes the U.S. Department of the Interior comment letter (a response to this Federal Register Notice). The attachment to the letter cites international studies of tower radiation on migratory nesting birds, saying: “results have documented nest […]


Reducing Exposure to Wireless Radiation

While working with a citizens’ group to protect Glendale residential zones from the proliferation of wireless facilities, I came across several studies that raised questions about the long-term health impacts of wireless technology. I ended up changing how I used wireless devices in several ways. This post describes how I changed my use of wireless devices, and links to two other sites that suggest how to reduce exposure to wireless frequencies.

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Glendale Opposition to Cell Towers: Five Years Later, An International Research Study! 1

Objecting to a cell site about to be installed in front of a home, five years ago today more than 100 people petitioned Glendale City Council for better zoning protection. In April 2010, after a cell site moratorium, various official hearings and two sets of public meetings, city council enacted a new wireless ordinance that provided greater notices and protections for residential areas of Glendale.[…]


Wi-Fi in Schools and the FCC (Newly Revisited) Guidelines 1

A parent objecting to wi-fi installed at Mountain Avenue Elementary addressed the Glendale Unified School District board last week. As the Glendale News-Press reported, it was on the same night “school officials announced plans to boost bandwidth at all the district’s schools by the end of November to improve wireless […]

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FCC Replies to RF Exposure Guideline Revisions Due
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The FCC has received more than 750 comments on its Notice of Inquiry (NOI) released March 29, 2013, on RF exposure limits and policies (set in 1997). The American Academy of Pediatrics weighed in by the deadline, calling for a review of exposure guidelines for children (the Notice of Inquiry […]


FCC Seeks Comment on Radio Frequency Exposure Limits

Are radio frequency emission exposure guidelines in the U.S. adequate to protect public health over the long-term? Is it safe to live near a cell tower? Is it safe to talk on a cell phone for extended periods of time? Is continuous exposure to wi-fi in our homes, schools, workplaces, […]

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Supreme Court Sides with FCC Against Arlington, Glendale, and Other Cities

The Supreme Court ruled against Arlington, TX, Glendale and other cities, saying that the FCC has the authority to set “shot clock” deadlines for permitting decisions on new cellphone towers. The Federal Communications Commission set those deadlines in response to wireless industry pressure to speed up the permit process. The […]


On SF Supervisors Agenda May 7: Settling Wireless Industry Lawsuit, Rescinding Cell Phone Right to Know Law

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote at its Tuesday, May 7 meeting on invalidating the municipality’s pioneering cell phone right-to-know ordinance as part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed by the wireless industry’s lobbying powerhouse CTIA (Consent Agenda Item 8). The settlement includes a waiver […]

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AB 162 Off California Assembly Calendar (for 2013)

Updates from former City of Glendale wireless siting consultant Jonathan Kramer: Assembly Bill 162 Pulled – Will Not Come Back Until At Least 2014 AB 162 has been pulled from this year’s legislative calender… AB 162 is not dead; merely pushed to next year’s legislative calendar. In the update below, […]