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Controversy over cellular mobile-telecommunication base-station-antenna installations

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1 Author(s)
Lin, J.C. ; Illinois Univ., Chicago, IL, USA

The two most compelling issues that cause cellular-telephone towers to be so controversial are the public health and aesthetic concerns. People love the wireless convenience and instant connectivity, but no one likes the antenna tower that enables it. The siting of the cellular mobile telephone towers remains a divisive issue, worldwide. Some concerns stem from a lack of personal freedom of choice, in being subjected to the radio-frequency radiation emitted by the tower antennas and its potential health effects. Others have raised concerns about aesthetics and property devaluation. Cell-phone towers with graceful and artistic designs that are tastefully constructed would go a long way toward calming the fears of those who abhor the presence of ugly-cell phone towers looming over homes and businesses. It would be propitious both for the wireless telecommunications industry and the local planning and zoning commissions to collaborate in creating innovative solutions to the design, siting, and installation of cellular telecommunication base-station towers.

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Antennas and Propagation Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:46 ,  Issue: 1 )