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Outburst at City Council meeting over telecommunications (Podcast)
(2010-02-11)
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-- From Thursday's At Noon midday news: A fairly recent ruling from the Federal Communications Commission has a number of Santa Feans, including some members of city council, up in arms. The ruling says that cities have only a short amount of time to entertain applications for new telecommunications installations from companies in that business. And it severely restricts how the cities can act to turn down those requests.

The reasoning behind the ruling is that some applications for new wireless and cable services were put on hold indefinitely by some communities. And the new idea is to move the applications along without undue delay.

But it's the restrictions that have some city officials here, and elsewhere, concerned. As for local citizens, the opposition ranges from the possible health effects of more electromagnetic waves to the idea that cities are now left out of the loop when it comes to whether they want to have these devices at all. We talked with Maureen Reed, a lawyer on the city's staff, a few weeks ago about the issue. *** It all came up at the city council meeting where at least one person in attendance, Bill Bruno, had an outburst that mayor pro tem Rebecca Wurzburger tried to calm down.

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