It's not often that I'd support federal or state actions that usurp the rules of Pleasanton, but the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and subsequent Federal Communications Commission actions since then are forcing changes in the city's cell tower regulations that deserve praise. For years, wireless service providers have complained about over-reaching restrictions that keep much of the city off-limits for needed cell transmitting towers. The rules date back to a time when people listened "too intently" to concerns that cellular waves could cause brain damage. To protect its citizens, the council developed rules to keep cellular transmission at least 300 feet away from public parks, schools, hospitals and heath care facilities and more. That pretty much eliminated most of the sites where towers could be built. Those that were built had to be camouflaged as fake trees, steeples, even fake upper floors.
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posted Friday, December 20, 2013, 12:00 AM