Alta Vista residents win battle against AT&T

I would like to thank the residents of Alta Vista Drive and new friends from Brook Hills who joined together to fight the proposed installation of a 35-foot tall cell tower by AT&T on a vacant lot near 3862 Alta Vista Drive.

I would like to thank the Fallbrook Planning Group who unanimously voted to reject this proposal and the 60 supporters that attended the meeting Feb. 17 and showed their opposition by standing as a group.

The installation of the 35-foot monopine with 12 antenna, 21 remote radio units, several microwave dishes and a 50KW diesel generator would forever have changed the nature of this quiet rural neighborhood to one of industrial/commercial.

The installation would have had a tremendous and long-lasting, negative impact both on the neighborhood and the residents. Emotional items that could not be mentioned at the Fallbrook Planning Group meeting such as health risks, drop in property values, and loss of views were nevertheless of importance to the people that live here.

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile are swiftly, but quietly, moving into Fallbrook residential neighborhoods to install cell towers with minimal challenges from residents because awareness of this invasion is kept low by the telecom companies.

In January, the Fallbrook Planning Group voted on allowing two cell towers to be constructed; in February they voted on another four proposed installations. Expansion of cell coverage in the area is necessary but it must be controlled, intelligent, and thought out which is currently not the case.

Peter Hanna

3 Responses to "Alta Vista residents win battle against AT&T"

  1. Ray (the real one)   March 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Well folks…. no bars for you.

  2. Frank   March 16, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Congratulations on your victory but the next hearing could change everything in a heartbeat. Keep your lamps oiled and be ready for a fight. The cell companies will stop at nothing to overturn your success.

    If AT&T gains a foothold, expect them to sublease to other carriers and add more frequencies for their own use. It is beautiful to have "radio quiet zones" here and there and you are on the right track. Keep up the good work.

  3. Ray (the real one)   March 21, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Are these the same folks who pull up to their cellular store in their Jaguars and carp about not having service in their areas?

    You want the latest "toys", these toys require signals for them to work but Fallbrook has always been a "newby" community especially in the "hillie" areas where most of the toys are used.

    Every complaint made against cellular repeater sites is based on old fears and outdated facts. Just as the flouride debate continues since the 1950`s, I am sure this debate will last as long.

    As for the generator, only operate when there is no main line AC power. Remember the massive power outage a few years back. The only thing operating were the cellular sites although overloaded, you could still make calls.

    What do tyou think will happen "if" the big one hits? Who is going to let you know your Mercedes was crushed by a falling tree? Nothing will function but these cellular repeater sites.

    Fantasy is a nice place to visit but reality is where we are now. These sites save lives in disasters and keep our toys running. Many times police agencies piggyback their radio communications from these sites.

    But……. this is Fallbrook.


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