- Published: Friday, 20 June 2014 08:58
- Written by Letter to the Editor
The following is an open letter to Meaford's council.
There is an alternative to a cell tower in the harbour; in fact, there is a solution.
For the past few months, numerous proposals to build cell towers in Meaford's neighbourhoods have angered and upset residents. At present, a 91-foot tower is proposed for the harbour, around 40ft from where The Farmers Market is held in the Rotary Pavilion. Furthermore, the Meaford community has been made aware that 'there are more cell towers to come.'
The truth that cell carriers don't want us to know is that DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) can provide better coverage while hardly being noticed, and these small cell antennas would significantly reduce the EMR health issues. DAS Small Cell Technology consists of low-power, slender, two-foot antennas that are placed on existing telephone poles. These antennas are linked by fiber optic cables, or alternately Ethernet cables, that run along power lines. This would make the DAS system a real win for Meaford.