-- [ From: Steve Sacco KC2X * EMC.Ver #2.5.03 ] --
*** TREE OR TOWER? -- Wireless technology is on a roll. Every day
more than 31,000 customers join the U.S. cellular phone system,
now totaling 38 million people. But there's an aesthetic price:
antenna towers, usually 150 feet tall, are needed to link the
devices. Many zoning boards disapprove of such blights. What if
the antennas looked like trees? Four companies -- ARCNET of New
Jersey, the Larson Company of Arizona, Valmont Industries of
Nebraska, and AT&T -- are jointly creating camouflaged antennas.
Covered with epoxy-resin bark, the steel pole conceals antennas
inside branches. Average cost: a thousand dollars a foot.
[National Geographic, February]
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