County Council rejects Office of People’s Counsel . Another example of Council ignoring citizens of Montgomery County.

As an industry outsider, Gigi Sohn is the Right Choice for FCC Commissioner

Urge Council to Hit Pause on ZTA 19-07 and not pass ZTA 22-01! In Montgomery County Council's rush to pass zta 19-07, Hans forgot to change the distance an antenna on an existing poles must be away from a home. ZTA 22–01 would correct Hans Riemer's mistake. County Executive Marc Elrich made this statement on the passage of 19-07.

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Our 12 Fact Sheets refute wireless industry's sales claims. Topics include:

Children, Climate, Environment, Health, Property values and Security


Cell tower companies are proposing to install thousands of new cell towers in residential neighbor-hoods of Montgomery County, Maryland and make significant modifications to existing street lights.


These towers would be:

  1. Part of a Distributed Area System (DAS), meaning they would work together to provide coverage

  2. 25-50 feet tall, >8 inch diameter steel poles bearing 300+ pound antennas each

  3. Placed in Right-of-Ways in neighborhoods with no above-ground utilities

  4. Permitted in yards of residential homes

  5. Close as 10 feet from home

  6. Located approximately 100 yards apart throughout neighborhoods

  7. Permitted to be modified (enlarged) once installed


No "small" cell towers (DAS) placed in neighborhoods with underground utilities. What's hard to understand? "All underground utilities" means no above-ground cell towers.

Fiber optic is already in place in many areas. It has no health risks, and the service is documented to be much faster, cheaper, more energy efficient while providing more reliable data integrity and protecting privacy. Wired internet also remains subject to local regulatory control.

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Montgomery County Council caves in to the Wireless industry

-- Restricting Resident Rights by limiting notice and no option to get the cell tower banned.

-- Forcing Taxpayers to Subsidize Wireless Companies is a group of residents who value safer technology, safer internet access and safer cell phone service for people who people who live, work, shop or visit in Montgomery County, MD. We value wired and fiber technology infrastructure where available. We encourage critical thinking about how 4G and 5G cell antennas, cell poles and cell towers have been and will be placed in environments where human life, animal life and plant life co-exist.

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