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Debate over Santa Fe telecommunications ordinance (Podcast)
(2010-03-09)
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-- The question of new telecommunications initiatives in Santa Fe and how federal law views them has been one of the more confusing issues to come before the city in some time. At the core of the question is a new FCC ruling designed to speed up the application and approval process for companies that would like to improve internet, phone and cable services. That ruling comes about because they pleaded with the FCC that cities around the nation were taking too much time - sometimes years - to hear or approve their applications. Government and most health sources say there are no adverse health effects from most wireless communications devices. But opponents say that's not so. And then, what happens to other franchises that want to provide a different type of service - say a high-speed internet service that operates not on wireless systems, but on below-ground fiber optics.

First to the opponents. Victoria Jewett is with a group named Santa Fe Alliance for Health and Public Safety. I asked her about their major concerns. (Listen below)


One of the companies seeking to get a franchise in Santa Fe for wireless telecommunications is named Extenet Systems. They're based in Illinois. Patty Ringo is the local sales rep and has been at those contentious city council meetings where members of the public have been expressing their concerns about health effects and electromagnetic radition. (Listen below)


Then there are other types of telecommunications companies. John Brown founded one in Albuquerque where he's been laying miles of underground fiber optic wire to provide high-speed internet services around the Duke City. (Listen below Captioning for the deaf)


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