AT&T is working with the City of Palo Alto to broaden their coverage with cell towers located in many of the electrical substations in the city. The Daily Post published a map of the locations that are being considered. If you’re located near one of the substations, you will want to know all of the facts. While many of the substations are in commercial areas, there are some that are close to residential areas.
The proposed tower height will be 100 feet – over the current city limits for height. In addition to locating the cell towers on electrical substations, the City of Palo Alto plans to provide access to City utility poles for DAS antennas.
Utility Advisory Committee Report: June 1, 2011
“Like many communities, the placement or “siting” of wireless communications facilities in Palo Alto is a controversial and politically-charged issue. Examples of these wireless communication facilities are cellular-towers, antennas, low-profile distributed antenna systems atop utility poles, and related equipment housing facilities. Opposition to siting wireless communications facilities is especially contentious in residential neighborhoods and scenic areas where some residents, homeowner associations and environmental groups oppose the facilities based on concerns about aesthetics, impacts on property values, impacts on the environment, and concerns about the potential health risks associated with exposure to radiation from radio frequency (RF) emissions.”