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Around Town: Division over installing wireless antennas; local voting rights group marks 100th birthday

Original post made on Feb 16, 2020

In the latest Around Town column, news about the latest arguments for and against installing wireless antennas in Palo Alto, a local group celebrating its centennial and a firefighter who completed a 625-mile journey to San Diego.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, February 15, 2020, 10:37 AM

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2020 at 7:39 am

Good infrastructure is essential and good cell service is more important now than ever before. With people giving up their landlines and the fact that there is a dearth of payphones, they are now essential. On top of the fact that they are important for person to person communication, they are necessary for finding out the time of the next bus/train, to accessing crucial information such as directions, reporting crime, meeting up with colleagues/family while away from home, and umpteen more things.

Having spent time in other places, in other countries, I can attest to the fact that Palo Alto is terrible when it comes to reliable cell service. I see neighbors outside their homes trying to make phone calls. I see dropped calls when it comes to getting even a simple message across.

It is time that Palo Alto stopped preventing the cell phone companies from putting in good service. Will it take serious injury or death because of lack of good signals to make Palo Alto see sense?


9 people like this
Posted by Rick
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 16, 2020 at 10:32 am

"Our goal is to ensure that the aesthetics and safety of our neighborhood is not compromised in the process," Fleming said.

LOL. PACC and the City Manager have already steamrolled "the aesthetics and safety of our neighborhood(s)" additional garbage can sized transmitters are not going to make any difference


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Posted by resident
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 16, 2020 at 2:20 pm

What percentage of the anti-antenna people own cell phones themselves? How is the reception in your part of town? Why don't you want other parts of town to have good reception?


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2020 at 3:31 pm

Posted by resident, a resident of Community Center

>> What percentage of the anti-antenna people own cell phones themselves? How is the reception in your part of town? Why don't you want other parts of town to have good reception?

"Pro-antenna" folks like to use these arguments, while "Anti-" folks use different arguments. This choice is a little like the old, "Are you a Communist or a Fascist?" pseudo-dilemma. Well, how about-- "neither". I have a cell phone and use it around town from time to time. I see some cell towers, and, see others only using an app that can detect the cell phone antennas that are designed to be invisible. Some, you would not easily detect. I like cell phone antennas that are:

1) Silent
2) Almost invisible
3) Not right next to people's houses or jobs

Such antennas exist. If all antennas were like that, most people wouldn't worry about it or talk about it. I've seen a few installations that are the exact opposite: noisy, ugly, and right outside someone's window. I think such installations should be removed and replaced with silent, almost invisible antennas unobtrusively located.


6 people like this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 16, 2020 at 7:14 pm

I was walking on Newell yesterday near Embarcadero - opposite PA Art Center/Rinconada Library - when I heard a weird noise. Stopping, I looked up to see a pole with noisy equipment in it. I assume it may have included cellular. I don’t think this should be located immediately by anyone’s home. As it was, near PA Fire Station and other municipal services, it was fine.


15 people like this
Posted by Family Friendly
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 17, 2020 at 11:23 am

@Anonymous:

That's almost certainly a failing electrical transformer -- unrelated to cell antennas. I suggest calling the power company before it completely fails.


2 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2020 at 5:21 pm

Posted by Family Friendly, a resident of Old Palo Alto

>> That's almost certainly a failing electrical transformer -- unrelated to cell antennas. I suggest calling the power company before it completely fails.

We need an exact location to be certain. But-- yes, some cell installations are indeed noisy. They don't have to be, because others are silent.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 17, 2020 at 6:36 pm

It appeared to be additional equipment on the pole making the odd whirring noise, not a transformer -


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