[NBLUG/talk] Cell Tower Upgrades in Sebastopol - Update

Jesse Barnes jbarnes at virtuousgeek.org
Wed Dec 7 09:08:43 PST 2011

Sorry I  missed this... Btw has anyone at a council meeting or
otherwise tried to comprehensively debunk the folks worry about EMF and
human health?

It seems to me there's a lot of worrying about wifi and cell radiation
when in fact those are generally use lower wattages than even household
lightbulbs (fluorescents included).  And then there's solar radiation,
which is also significant (and has real, measurable harms, like
sunburns! :).

Sure there are spectrum differences, but most devices generate at least
some noise in other parts of the spectrum; it would be interesting to
quantify things.

I just can't help but feel a lot of the EMF fear is really just fear of
the unknown and/or a desperate attempt to ascribe ills to *something*
(which is much easier to do when that something is not widely


On Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:17:29 -0800
Christopher Wagner <waggie at waggie.net> wrote:

> At the end of a grueling 5.5 hour council meeting, the decision by 
> Sebastopol's planning committee has been upheld.  Verizon will be 
> permitted to upgrade their existing tower behind City Hall to provide 4G 
> LTE service and provide expansion to existing voice services.
> I note that Verizon nearly didn't get this opportunity due to some 
> avoidable mistakes on their application paperwork.  I hope that they 
> improve this in the future.
> - Chris
> On 12/06/2011 01:46 AM, Christopher Wagner wrote:
> > Hi folks, I wanted to let you all know that today (Dec 6th @ 6 pm) the 
> > Sebastopol City Council will be hearing citizens regarding a Verizon 
> > cell phone tower upgrade at City Hall.  There will be a large 
> > contingent of people who are strongly opposed to this upgrade due to 
> > concerns about EMF radiation.
> >
> > Personally, I support the upgrade, it'll will add 4G coverage in 
> > Sebastopol and despite claims by the opposition, my research indicates 
> > this will actually reduce overall EMF radiation (newer wireless 
> > technologies are far more efficient).  I invite whomever wishes to, to 
> > please come and voice your own opinion.  I believe strongly in all 
> > people voicing their opinion, but I've noticed there's very little 
> > press about this in forums that apply to the more technical crowd.
> >
> > After the Free Public WiFi opposition in Sebastopol, I think it would 
> > be good for the Sebastopol City Council to see support from folks who 
> > are not afraid of this technology.  As noted in the articles below, 
> > the council meeting, held at the Youth Annex, at the North end of 
> > Morris St., starts at 6, but this item will likely be brought up on 
> > the agenda 6:45 or 7.  You need not be a resident of Sebastopol to 
> > attend or speak on the topic.
> >
> > More information (please note that both articles are written by the 
> > opposition):
> >
> > http://www.waccobb.net/forums/showthread.php?85428-Sebastopol-blasted-with-more-cell-tower-radiation-YES-or-NO-Dec.-6-City-Council-meeting
> >
> > http://tinyurl.com/6q58osf
> >
> > If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to let me know.
> >
> > - Chris Wagner
> >
> >
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