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Birds Deaths related to Towers: Perspective

The firm of Curry & Kerlinger, LLC (who serve as “consultants to the wind power industry on birds and other wildlife issues”) has an interesting set of stats about the various ways that birds are killed each year:

Deaths annually from (descending ranking):

Glass Windows: 100 to 900+ million Electrical Transmission lines: “up to . . . → Read More: Birds Deaths related to Towers: Perspective

General

Do Cell Towers Sneak into Neighborhoods in Disguise?

August 30, 2009: In a copyrighted story in The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California), reporter Jeff Horseman discusses how cell phone sites are are being hidden within clock towers, camouflaged mono-trees, and church steeples. This is a very informative and balanced article.

Jonathan is quoted throughout the story, titled “Cell phone towers sneaking in to Inland neighborhoods . . . → Read More: Do Cell Towers Sneak into Neighborhoods in Disguise?

Clearwire

Clearwire to Clearwire: “Learn How to Really Connect”

On advisor’s opinion…

“Learn how to really connect” is one of the slogan’s you’ll find currently running on Clearwire’s web site.

Actually, it’s not a bad idea, and I encourage them to follow their own counsel.

Early this year, before Clearwire started their big deployment efforts in earnest in Southern California, I reached out to . . . → Read More: Clearwire to Clearwire: “Learn How to Really Connect”

Clearwire

Let’s Be Clear About Clearwire

I recently posted a message to a list serve run by the League of California Cities aimed at local government planners. That posting has provoked a number of comments, universally positive from local government planners and attorneys. I did receive what might be called a negative response from a wireless industry siting agent.

I’ll let . . . → Read More: Let’s Be Clear About Clearwire

General

Jailbreaking = Going to Jail?

The hot news recently has been about unlocking (or “jailbreaking”) Apple’s iPhone. Apple posted the following statement on its website (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3743), which as of 8/1/09 was not available at Apple’s site, but still available via Google’s cache:

“Unauthorized modification of iPhone OS has been a major source of instability, disruption of services, and . . . → Read More: Jailbreaking = Going to Jail?

General

Cell Contract Early Termination Fee? How about $0?

One of the most honest ways to exit from a wireless carrier’s iron-clad service contract is to show that their service in and around your home or work is inferior. This is especially true if, before you signed up for service, you visited the carrier’s website or local office and saw the pretty maps that . . . → Read More: Cell Contract Early Termination Fee? How about $0?

AT&T Wireless

Forrester Research: When all Phones Are Smart…

…none are.

Forrester Research has just released the first in a series of reports on “SmartPhones” concluding that so many mid-range phones now have smart features, it’s hard to define what a really smart phone is these days.

“All mobile handsets are becoming smarter and Internet-capable. Yesterday’s smart high-end phone is today’s midrange phone and . . . → Read More: Forrester Research: When all Phones Are Smart…

General

Modesto, California Adopts New Wireless Ordinance

The City of Modesto adopted a new, comprehensive wireless ordinance on April 28, 2009. I’ll post details of the new ordinance here, shortly.

General

US Supreme Court: ‘Let’s Call a Friend’

At its conference on March 20th, the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to grant certiorari (the so-called “Rule of 4”) in two key cases dealing with the Telecom Act, and specifically with the interplay between Section 253 and Section 332(c).

These cases, Level 3 v. St. Louis and Sprint v. County of San Diego, address . . . → Read More: US Supreme Court: ‘Let’s Call a Friend’

AT&T Wireless

Traffic, Talking, and Early Termination

Several recent articles have appeared linking cell phone usage while driving (or merely walking on the streets) to a higher rate of traffic-related deaths.

In an article titled, “Danger of Cell Phone Use: While Walking Or Driving, Cell Phones Increase Traffic, Pedestrian Fatalities” published in Science Daily on March 8, 2009, several new studies . . . → Read More: Traffic, Talking, and Early Termination