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Govt Meets With Tower Users Over Potential Dangers‬

positioning of towers and antennasAntigua St John's - The Government of Antigua and Barbuda recently concluded a series of discussions with the leading telecommunications companies regarding any potential health hazards related to radio frequency (RF) emissions from telecommunications towers in the state.

The Government has been assured by Digicel, Lime, Antigua Computer Technology (ACT) and APUA, that the telecommunications equipment that has been installed by their respective companies meets the standards of the most stringent requirements of public safety.

The Government has been further assured that cell phone towers and antennas are operated in accordance with the internationally accepted regulations defined by the International Radiataion Protection Association’s International Non-Ionising Radiation Committee (IRPA/NIRC), for limiting the exposure to electromagnetic fields.

Since 2008, the Government’s policy on tower sharing has been actively pursued by the majority of telecommunications providers, having due consideration for each provider’s commitment to providing both residents and visitors with the best mobile phone and Internet coverage.positioning of towers and antennas

The Government has accepted the safety assurances from the telecommunications companies and continues to work with all telecommunications providers to ensure that the positioning of towers and antennas are fully compliant with all the safety standards of the Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications.

The Government has also already requested the assistance of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) to undertake an independent, expert health hazard assessment for radiofrequency signals, including those from broadcast services, mobile communications, microwaves and radar.

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Ah whe de news

#21 Tungman » 2011-07-31 15:02

News shut dung in Antigua carnival time. The results are lagging and ebybaddy mussa drunk pan de side ah road? Me a loof fuh see who win calypso competition an carn find nutten. Ah wha ya?
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Telcos should not define the danger

#20 Sideahderaod » 2011-07-31 14:59

The government has been caught behind a very sticky wicket. The technolgy has advanced beyond its ability to proerly regulate Telcos. We should not accept the words of these companies that they use internationally accepted practices in placing towers. Most of these standards were created before the current medical concerns were raised and few address the distance from habitational units and density of population.
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re: puzzled

#19 sigh » 2011-07-26 15:11

I disagree with you puzzled. This lack of information is exactly what we need to see. The incompetence of the government needs to be shown and expressed in every way. Besides, Caribarena asked for an answer, and this is it. whether its a good or bad answer is a matter of opinion, and news cannot be affected be opinion. However, I do agree with you and many other comments on here. Its a politicians reply, that is very long, has many fancy words and company names, but says nothing. and the government accepts the assurance of safety from the companies? So if they said guns are safe, that would be fine right? the only reason this reply was ever issued is because cell phone towers don't look scary, and people aren't intimidated by them like firearms due to lack of education. sigh...
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RE: Govt Meets With Tower Users Over Potential Dangers‬

#18 Puzzled » 2011-07-26 14:28

This is a classic example of a non-release--it virtually says nothing, while giving the government the appearance of doing something. Who exactly received the information from the telecoms? What information was it--did it tell the government the specific standards that were met? Who exactly gives permission for the towers to be erected? If everything is so proper and right, why does the government feel that PAHO needs to be brought in? I have worked at newspapers, and I know that no respectable paper would print this total lack of information. So I think the Observer is right in waiting until some key questions are answered.
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It's amazing

#17 Amazed » 2011-07-24 03:09

Does the government expect a company to give itself low grades in anything? They said "The Government has been assured by Digicel, Lime, Antigua Computer Technology (ACT) and APUA, that the telecommunications equipment that has been installed by their respective companies meets the standards of the most stringent requirements of public safety." ... that staement is so amazing I dont have to say anything else!!!
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@ Buzzbomb & Tenman

#16 Proud ANU Queen » 2011-07-22 21:33

After I read the article I was going to express my thoughts, but decided to read the blogs first; you expressed my thoughts and sentiments so eloquently. My question is this: Shouldn't policies, procedures and guidelines regarding cell phone towers be on the books so that when a company decides to venture in this area, the guidelines are presented prior to any contract signing?
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What's the next beef?

#15 Tobi » 2011-07-22 19:16

There now, back to dialing & texting. What's next? Perhaps the dangers of driving & doing those things. We gotta have something to whine about & for which to blame the government.
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Congratulations Caribarena!

#14 John Jacobs » 2011-07-22 19:13

Pressure burst pipe! Pressure makes water go up hill!
Caribarena, thank you for forcing the government to issuse this release. Finally we now have a truly indpendent media house in Antigua. Because Observer who once had that role, is now an arm of the UPP government. SHAME!!!
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RE: Govt Meets With Tower Users Over Potential Dangers‬

#13 Antiguan Youth » 2011-07-22 16:29

I believe it was something BEEF said/wrote on the story yesterday.
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The Prudent Avoidance Siting Of Cell Towers

#12 John French II » 2011-07-22 15:13

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock. Several friends have asked for more information to be posted on the City Of Toronto's prudence since the science and its effects are still being debated by concerned people on both sides of the issue. I reminded them that I was just a concerned layman and commented on their curiosity but inclinations to have solutions provided. Here goes:
www.toronto.ca/health/hphe/radiation/radiofrequency.htm
Respect. Heaven Help the Nation Of Antigua & Barbuda - Redonda?
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the need to share

#11 peter » 2011-07-22 14:52

There is no need for every provider to put up antenas and dishes all over the place, what is needed is there is one company that operate the cell grid and all the other providers buy the service from that company to service their cuctomers and that way it provides competitions to the costomers and cheapers prices. For example Con Edison in new york provide the electric grid and service and all the other providers compete for the customers and that way cheaper service to everyone.
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todays special "PORK"

#10 micro wave chef » 2011-07-22 13:45

pork, beef, ha ha ha very funny do any of you understand that chefs business depends on the mirco wave towers in his yard?
how am i going to heat food once these towers work proper?

but chef is a survivor, after taking a crash course from one Mr Elms ( cooking magic any one?) chef now knows that pork does not have to be stew or roasted it is also a bestseller when the pork is well washed and powdered. so Friday night special at micro wave chefs is PORK any style and always well washed and powdered , chef does not do beef so don't ask :-*
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A Layman's Perspective - Space & Height Pt2

#9 John French II » 2011-07-22 10:47

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock. On Height the regulations are not specific but very informative even the FCC's opem approach. Here is the URL: www.caldwellcountync.org/caldwell-county-nc-departments/planning-and-development/cell-tower-regulations/
One of the Most Stringent Guidelines in NA has been adopted by the City Of Toronto Called the Prudent Avoidance Policy on Siting Telecommunication Towers & Antennas. Its short but informative
www.toronto.ca/health/hphe/pdf/boh_report.pdfThe Blues & Reds would be well advised to have their staff look at it.
Here is a debate on the CBC - Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
www.cbc.ca/earlyedition/podcast/2011/05/11/bc-reporter-in-syria-cell-tower-debate-building-heights/ A Lutta Continua.
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Good Grief!

#8 Buzzbomb » 2011-07-22 10:47

"The Government has been assured by Digicel, Lime, Antigua Computer Technology (ACT) and APUA"?
Thanks for putting the foxes in charge of the hen house. Phillip Morris did the same thing with U.S. legislators for decades regarding tobacco usage whilst donating big money to election campaigns.

Now how about a legitimate independent study.
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@ Tenman

#7 my way of helping » 2011-07-22 10:38

Everyone is on a role ha ha ha ha ha. I got it, he threw a microwave and the towers are microwave ha ha ha ha. Thank you guys because today was going to be a serious and rather angry day for me. Because of how we humans are.
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i wonder

#6 tenman » 2011-07-22 10:18

Is this how the FSRC regulated SIB? Just phoned them up and asked if all was ok and accepted their word? Looks to me that we need to put MP Baptist at telecom because its already known that he dislikes microwaves and will stamp the problem out


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@ Dadlison

#5 my way of helping » 2011-07-22 10:06

clever ha ha ha ha. they shouldn't be serving beef and pork, you should get that at home from you wife, she is the chef ha ha ha.
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Kudos

#4 dadlison » 2011-07-22 09:46

Whatever I may think of the methods employed by Caribarena in raising and attacking this issue, it has borne results! It has shown that a good independent media house serves not only to report the goings on in the country, but act as a private check and balance on the government, and watch dog for the citizens. I only hope we don't hear of a CAP (Carib Arena Party) at the next elections, and remain disassociated from politics.

Also, what is the use of a government department if they just take assurances from corporations without any investigation? I am sure Bruce's and Wendy's will assure you they just serve beef and no pork as well.
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A Layman's Perspective - Space & Height Pt1

#3 John French II » 2011-07-22 09:16

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock. A total Waste of Time, Effort & Energy. It has been said that Success is achieved when small efforts produce huge results. It is clear that someone was hugely Successful. Go Figure. As noted previously, Leave Blues & Reds Behind. Citizens Research & Action. Let us look at recommended Spacing & Height of Towers. In Caldwell County, NC. even with the FCC's open approach, 90G.16 Tower Spacing
Telecommunication towers shall be located at least 2 miles from other telecommunication towers and no closer than a quarter mile to the perimeter line of an R-20 & R-15 Zones based upon a survey of surrounding sites using GPS or other methods provided by the applicant . Closer spacing may be recommended/approved by the Planning Board when the applicant can prove the need as set forth in Section 95.18(A) (1-4).
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comfort to a fool

#2 tenman » 2011-07-22 09:00

Anyone has an idea of when the study will be done? Saying something like requested a study from PAHO after this issue has been raised over 51 days ago, seems like we will be waiting in vain. Why does the telecom department not carry out these tests? Does any standard allow Towers to be close to schools? I would think that the telecom department would carry out periodic tests. Is the only purpose of the telecom department to promise and sometimes provide laptops like candy to a chosen few? When will there be real regulation for these companies?


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Thanks Collin

#1 Antigua » 2011-07-22 04:14

Thanks Collin,
Althought I think there is still much more to be done, I thank you for starting the engine.
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