Radio Frequency Towers: Public School Placement

Authored by: Joshua Steinfeld

Encyclopedia of Environmental Management

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439829271
eBook ISBN: 9781351235860
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EEM-120048167

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Abstract

The placement of radio frequency (RF) towers at public schools poses health risks to students and faculty. Experimental research on animals and humans proves that exposure to RF waves presents health hazards. The Federal Communications Commission has ratified numerous acts aimed at protecting the interests of both personal wireless service providers and coalitions who object to RF towers at public schools. The case of Wootton High School (2003–2005) is highlighted as a precedential victory for opponents of RF tower placement at schools. Federal government's charter to give local governments decision-making authority on the matter raises inquiry into federalist discussion. Meanwhile, the federal government's declared statutory support for personal wireless service providers and their policy brokers' self interests leads to examination of public administration theory.

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