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Who wants a noisy cell tower next to your home?

We don't want to live near a T-mobile cell tower base station.  It may look like a fake pine tree, but it's still an industrial facility. 

In fact, if you're wondering what it's like to live next to and near a T-Mobile cell phone antenna, and all the lights and noise that come with it, listen to Mr. Ken Howard speak before the Glendale's City Council members about his 24/7 experience:

(For transcript, see Attachment below.)

Meanwhile, residents in Portland, OR, are angry to suddenly find Clearwire's WiMax antennas installed on utility poles next to their homes without being notified.  Residents are also complaining about the noise these units make.   Read this article, "The Noise of Clearwire's Wireless-Internet" (Jan. 10, 2010) :
http://mtna-landuse.blogspot.com/2010/01/noise-of-clearwires-wireless-internet.html.  Go here to watch and hear the loud "refrigerator box" cell tower in action with this local KUTU-TV news report: http://www.katu.com/news/35688754.html?tab=video

The main resident group leading the battle there reports that the City of Portland “allows wireless companies to replace any existing utility pole with a cell tower…the City estimates there could be 800 cell towers in residential streets in the next few years and doesn’t have a plan in place to manage it.” (Source:

Warning: Is this what we want in Burbank?  Do you want this next to your home?  In April 2010, representatives from Clearwire told the Burbank Planning Board that they were now starting to deploy in Los Angeles, and our Planning Board approved two of their applications to install their units in Burbank.  But how many do they plan to install in Burbank?  And next to which residences?

Read more about Public Right of Way Developments on our website here: https://sites.google.com/site/nocelltowerinourneighborhood/home/public-right-of-way-concerns


* You can also read Glendale resident’s Ken Howard comments about the noise nuisance of living 24/7 under the shadow of a T-mobile cell tower at the Glendale City Council’s January 7, 2009 meeting, transcript attached below; or watch Glendale TV, City of Glendale, City Council Meeting, video of proceedings, Mr. Howard @ 2:30:56 at: http://glendale.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=12&clip_id=1227

** Resident website for those in Portland opposing the massive Clearwire deployment there: http://www.respectpdx.org

Residents in Blaine, MN, where Clearwire is deploying, are also upset for aesthetic and other reasons.  Read "Blaine Residents Oppose Wireless Tower in Park" (Dec. 16, 2009) at http://abcnewspapers.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10258&Itemid=27.  The article mentions how Clearwire is working on 644 sites in Duluth, MN.  Just go to Yahoo or Google and type in the keywords "residents oppose Clearwire" to pull other stories about upset residents trying to fight Clearwire installations across the nation.

    Consumers are upset at Clearwire for other reasons.  Clearwire is currently involved in a class-action lawsuit regarding its service quality, advertising, and termination fees .  Consumers are reportedly upset when they try to terminate their contracts upon being dissatisfied with the service and/or move out of an area that Clearwire services.  Read "Clearwire target of class action suit alleging false advertising," http://www.muniwireless.com/2009/04/23/clearwire-target-class-action-suit/ and "Clearwire Slapped with Class Action" at http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2009/04/clearwire.html, and "Clearwire Subscriber File Lawsuit" (with a link to one of the law firms representing consumers at the end of the report) at http://www.legallawhelp.com/news/2009/04/28/clearwire-subscribers-file-lawsuit

     Also read Attorney Jonathan Kramer's article and background information about Clearwire on his website: http://telecomlawfirm.com/clearwire/index.php

K Iwata,
Aug 2, 2010, 2:02 AM