All County of Santa Cruz meetings are held at 701 Ocean Street, Room 525, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
All City of Santa Cruz meetings are held at City Council Chambers, 809 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
AT&T 2017 Revenues: AT&T Mobility Wireless revenues in Q4/2017 were $19.2 billion, up 2.5% year over year with operating income margin of 22.1% with EBITDA margin of 32.7% and Wireless service margin of 43.8% For full-year 2017, AT&T's consolidated revenues totaled $160.5 billion. Verizon's revenues are very similar. We are falling victim to the classic camel's nose in the tent strategy: a metaphor for a situation where the permitting of a small, seemingly innocuous act will open the door for larger, clearly undesirable actions. These Wireless carriers want to install hundreds of CPMRA cell towers in front of our homes — defend your homes now, before it is too late.
Does anyone think that AT&T cannot afford to install its Cell Phone Towers further from our homes? Of course, they can afford it, which makes this misguided AT&T plan all the more disingenuous. In their pitch materials to the City of Santa Cruz, AT&T targets only utility poles and light poles in Santa Cruz neighborhood because it is the cheapest alternative for them, not the best alternative for us!
Why are we being forced to subsidize AT&T's operating revenues by accepting lowered real estate values and visual blight in our neighborhoods? We don't have to go along this terrible plan. Just encourage the City of Santa Cruz to widen their field of view . . . and from AT&T insist on proof of a SIGNIFICANT GAP in AT&T Coverage and the least intrusive means to close the alleged significant gap in AT&T coverage.
The solution is both simple and easy — instead of more Wireless, install Wireline fiber optic cables to each home and business in Santa Cruz, which will provide much faster, more secure, more reliable and much more energy-efficient transmission of Internet and video data. Doing so would preserve the unique character of Santa Cruz and prevent the private Telecom companies from shoving these cheap, ugly, intrusive, microwave-radiation-emitting CPMRA installations into our town.
Despite the promises of additional convenience and the unbridled hype for 5G and the "Internet of Things” (IoT), the primary duty of our elected officials is neither convenience, nor promised future economic growth, but to promote and preserve the health and welfare of Oakland's residents, voters and taxpayers.
To voice your opposition to Cell Towers being installed 10 to 50 feet from homes, please come to the Santa Cruz Planning Commission and City Council Meetings and speak or support others who will speak against these hazardous, visual blights that could blemish our beautiful city for the rest of our lives. To find out more about this project, please contact the Santa Cruz Planning staff, Planning Commissioners and City Council Members.
Part 15: Wireless Telecommunications Facilities
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