Springfield, IL Residents Warm to Tower Relocation Plan
A proposal to relocate and erect a 175-foot tower, 75-feet higher than a nearby tower that it could replace near Iles Park, got a cool reception from Springfield, IL residents on Monday. But once they learned Crown Castle could pay the town $14,500 annually and the proceeds could be used to improve the park, they warmed to the plan. Derek Harms, executive director of the park district, said the proposed location for the cell tower would cause minimal, if any, impact on how people currently use the park or any future development plans, the Springfield Journal-Review reported.
Possible Cell Tower Sparks Animal Habitat Conversation
Verizon Wireless would like to build a cell tower near the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor on the North Hill Forest Block in Vermont, but the bustling animal environment in the area has the locals concerned.
Allan Thompson, a forester, wildlife biologist, and head of the Waterbury Conservation Commission, told the Waterbury Record that the Worcester Mountain Range is one core habitat and Mount Mansfield is the other.
“Animals have to make decisions on where to go through, and the Shutesville Hill corridor has been identified as one of five or six places that connect two habitats,” he said.
TIRAP, National Wireless Safety Alliance Forge Alliance
Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) and the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) announced Tuesday they will “work together toward the goal of developing one aligned body of knowledge with common titling based on input and coordination between both groups,” according to a signed Memo of Understanding. The groups said they share the strategic objective of promoting skills development for telecommunications tower workers. “There is a natural synergy in the communication, coordination, and sharing of technical information between NWSA and TIRAP to ensure job position descriptions and requirements are consistent among the same positions,” according to the MOU.
Appearing on CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer last Friday, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said the carrier is interested in acquiring some or part of Yahoo’s Internet assets. “We said on this show a month ago in December we would look at it. I think their board is being very responsible in how they’re doing this,” McAdam said. “We have to understand the trends that we’re seeing in some of their results now, but then at the right price I think that marrying up some of their assets with AOL under Tim Armstrong’s leadership would be a good thing.”