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Re: [TowerTalk] Potential New FCC Tower Construction Threat

To: "Vic" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Potential New FCC Tower Construction Threat
From: Jim Lux <>
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2006 10:39:55 -0800
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The problem isn't whether towers are actually a problem (I think the 
issue is with towers that are lighted, by the way), but whether it 
can be used to inspire a local planning official to think it *might* 
be a problem, to which the universal answer will be:  "Do a study to 
prove it's not, and then we'll consider your application."

This is, in many ways, no different than other strategies that have 
been used to deal with what is primarily an aesthetic issue.  "Oohh, 
that cellsite is going to radiate me" (but you'll pry my cellphone 
from my cold dead fingers). "Oooh,that ham tower is going to collapse 
during the next hurricane and maim small children who are hopping 
backyard fences on their way to school. Can't we think of the children?"

As another poster pointed out, one way to approach the problem is to 
try and separate "hobby" type activities from "commercial".  It would 
be a shame if all personal activities were to be regulated as if they 
were commerical businesses. For instance, as someone reloading your 
own ammunition,or, for instance, fooling with muzzle loading rifles, 
you could go out and buy 10 pounds of black powder and legally store 
it in your bedroom closet (legally, not intelligently!)  But, as 
someone with a Federal "powder card" (i.e. a license to buy and use 
explosives) one would have to have a magazine, paperwork, etc. to get 
even a 1 pound can. (Last time I did something like this was 
pre-2000, so the rules might have changed).  Likewise, at home you 
can pour all manner of hazmat down the drain at home (heck, you can 
buy corrosive chemicals specifically intended to be put down the 
drain at the supermarket), but at a business, putting anything other 
than clean water down the drain is probably criminal. Certainly, a 
corrosive would have to be handled as hazmat, with paperwork, spill 
containment, licensed haulers and disposal, etc.

On the other hand, given today's litigious society, it's just the way 
cities are going. The officials find it's much safer to immerse 
yourself in paper and hearings so that nobody can say, "We didn't 
know it would be like that."  If you want total freedom, you have to 
move WAY out in the country (and then hope the city doesn't grow out 
to meet you...).


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