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Residents worry about small cell antenna installations

 

October 10, 2019 | View PDF



We are very concerned to hear that a large wireless company is potentially installing a significant number of small cell antennas throughout Hinsdale as part of their 5G network development, without any planned public forum to discuss the potential benefits and risks to our community.

While small cell antennas are great for wireless companies, they could have a significant negative effect on the aesthetics of our town as well as our property values. The potential new cell antennas would be installed mostly on residential streets and could be located in any public right of way, even within a very short distance of a home or school.

There are also legitimate questions regarding the long-term health impact of high power radio frequency radiation, especially if an antenna is installed close to a home. Despite federal and state laws that allow access to our public rights of way, we encourage residents to start talking about what we can do to protect our community, property values and health. — Julie Grieve and Bianca Lupescu, Hinsdale

 
 

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