Is Your Company At Risk Without A Cell Phone Policy?

No Cell Phone Policy = The Potential For Serious Disaster

“A Cell Phone Policy…Really?”

FACT: Cell phone litigation is one of the newest types of litigation springing up all around the country. Whenever there is an accident or harassment, wage disputes, or other privacy violations, and a cell phone is involved you can bet a law suit may not be far away.

As a Wireless Management Consultant who has written numerous policies in the past, I am always amazed when companies tell me they do not have an active and up to date policy. Some business owners find the average Attorney’s price of $2,500 for a company cell phone policy a little too steep for their budget. Others try to write one themselves, which can be a daunting and overwhelming task. Still others are just unaware of how vulnerable their company is without one.

Why would you want to create a policy for every employee in your company sign? Other than the fact that we live in the most litigious nation on the Earth, you also need to protect your business in other areas as well.

Traffic and Safety Laws

Employers that have employees driving company owned vehicles during the course of business are very much at risk at being held liable if the employee is involved in an accident while using a company mobile phone.

FACT: Employers can incur liability whether or not the call is personal or business related if it is made on a company phone.

FACT: Employer liability in cases involving a third party is based on a legal principle called vicarious liability. It provides that an employer is responsible for the harm caused by its employee if that employee, using a company cell phone, was acting within the course and scope of his or her employment at the time that the accident occurred.

FACT: Plaintiffs often claim that their employer is directly negligent for its own conduct in encouraging or permitting employees to use mobile devices for business without adequate policies and training of those policies.

FACT: It doesn’t matter if the call is being made during regular office hours or not; what matters is that the call is somehow work related and the device they are using belongs to YOU! Employers can be found liable for any damages caused by an employee acting within the scope of his or her employment. Employers can now be found negligent if they fail to provide an adequate policy and proper training.

– Recently, in the state of Virginia, a sales rep returning home from work, was talking on her cell phone with a customer. She accidentally struck and killed a teenage girl. The family of the girl filed a $30 million lawsuit against the employer, claiming the company was negligent in providing cell phones to their employees without providing a company cell phone policy or a safety policy. The family won that suit.

•In Arkansas, a jury found a lumber company liable after one of their employees struck another car, gravely injuring the passenger. At the time of the accident the employee driving the vehicle was using the cell phone for a business call. This particular case ended up being settled for $16 million. They had no cell phone policy.

-The large investment firm of Salomon Smith Barney paid a $500,000 settlement to the family of a motorcyclist killed by one of its employees making a work-related call after hours on his company cell phone. No policy in place.

FACT: Employers can be liable for problems or accidents created by an employee’s use of cell phones while driving if a company provides the phones, or if cell phone use is a necessary or an encouraged option as part of their job.

IRS Regulations

FACT: IRS guidelines require company issued cell phones and wireless data devices be used only for business purposes; otherwise, personal use of these devices must be claimed as a taxable benefit. Your company could be penalized and audited for non-compliance of this rule. The IRS can declare that all undocumented use of a cell phone in your company is personal and can treat the monthly cell phone charges as wages even if the calls were for business purposes.

FACT: The IRS and state auditors have become very aggressive in their requirements regarding personal cell phones being used in the workplace. Companies are being audited more often and as a result they are paying serious penalties and fines for non-compliance. You need a policy in place not only to guide company employees regarding the use of cell phones but also to protect your company from these audits. If you have set policies in place that your employees have signed, then you are protecting your business.

-A company was audited by the IRS for cell phone compliance and fined over $19,000 for not have a clear enough policy about employees making personal cell phone calls on their company phones and for making business calls on their personal phones.
Federal and State Labor and Wage Laws

FACT: Deducting the cost of a wireless device from an employee’s final paycheck violates most state and federal wage laws. Federal and State law restrict and prohibit an employer from making pay deductions for damaged mobile devices or for failing to return company issued cell phones or for damaging equipment. In most states if you are found at fault for deducting money from an employees paycheck for a lost or damaged phone, and unless your policy is worded correctly, you can be sued for triple damages.

The FLSA

FACT: The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that non-exempt employees must be paid for all hours worked. If, for example, a non-exempt employee checks work email from home or takes calls from a customer on his company mobile phone, the time must be counted as hours worked.

Monitoring and Tracking

Do you have your employee’s consent to track the whereabouts of your company’s mobile devices? Without consent you walk a fine line concerning privacy rights. You need a policy that is very clear and specific about tracking the whereabouts of your cell phones so that you are not infringing on any one’s privacy.

-A Florida Roofing company was sued by an employee when he discovered his company cell phone was still being tracked after hours without his knowledge. He had visited a friend the night before at a drug rehab center and the next day his employer questioned him about his own drug usage. This was considered an invasion of privacy because the company had no policy in place that informed the employee that his cell phone could be tracked at anytime. The employee was awarded $500,000 in a civil suit.

Other issues

FACT: Employers are now facing increasing claims by employees for health problems allegedly associated with cell phone use. This is happening even though the science appears inconclusive and contradictory. Workers who use cell phones while on the job have now begun to file workers compensation claims and lawsuits based on the theory that radio frequency radiation from cell phones may lead to various forms of brain cancer or other maladies.

Employers should protect themselves with a policy that informs employees of the potential health risks associated with the use of a cell phone, and even suggests or requires using a hands-free device. The policy should state that employees will not hold their employers liable for any suspected health issues that may result from using a company-issued mobile device is critical.

Privacy Concerns

Are you concerned about privacy? Do you have a policy in place that addresses the misuse of cell phones in your company? Does it address confidentiality, security, privacy and harassment? Are you concerned about privileged or confidential material such as trade secrets or information about your customers? Do you have a policy that includes a provision governing camera phones, which present an increasing risk to companies? Intellectual property, trade secrets, personal customer information, or other confidential data can be captured and used easily with a camera phone.

FACT: Employees may have their picture taken in private areas, and can file suit against your company for invasion of privacy or harassment. Do your employees have cell phones with cameras and video features or Smart Phones with scanners? Do you have a policy in place that covers ownership of images taken with your company-issued mobile devices? Do your employees have broadband or Internet cards? Do you have a policy in place that prohibits your employees from connecting their personal phones to USB ports on their computer?

-An employee of a Delaware company decided it might be fun to play a joke on a fellow employee and take a picture of him relieving himself at a urinal. He snapped the photo on his company cell phone and showed to others back at the office. When that got a few laughs he posted it on the Internet. The company is out of business today after losing a $1.4 million dollar lawsuit for negligence. The employee said there was no written policy in place on cell phone misconduct in the workplace. The Judge had no other recourse.

Can you afford to be without a policy?

The answer is NO. You can’t afford the risk!

FACT: Having a policy prepared for your company is a small price for a document that could possibly save your company from an expensive lawsuit. It’s really a small price to pay for such a powerful defense, should you need it. So why put your company in a vulnerable state by not having one?

Wouldn’t you rather have a signed document in hand when an employee decides he wants to sue you? A signed document that says he has given his permission on the very thing he is trying to sue you for? Sure you would. Without a sound policy in place… you are a sitting duck!

Affordable Italy Cell Phone Rentals

The ancient and noble city of Cortona in Italy is situated 50 miles from Florence, between Arezzo and Perugia. As you approach the city of Cortona, there lies a vast and beautiful plain, flanked by the wonderful sights of distant hills and valleys, with towering yet fruitful mountains. That is what Italy is, a country full of romance and beauty. It is a visit of a life time and no other country in Europe is as exciting as Italy.

While it is expensive to be in touch with your associates, friends and family back home using your hotel telephone, it is a fact that some of the Villas and apartments do not have a phone and in both the cases a cell phone becomes absolutely necessary. If you are planning to take your US cell phone and carrying your number to Italy and be on roaming through your home service provider, think twice before you do that. You may end up with outrageous bill at the end of the month. Roaming is expensive. There is indeed a way out to avoid the expenses.

There are several ways to have the convenience of a cell phone in Italy and most of these are quite expensive. Italy cell phones rentals from http://www.italysimcards.com is not only affordable but it provide you with the advantage of the cheapest of all rates available, and make your money take you further in your trip to Italy. The rates offered by http://www.italysimcards.com are just fractions of what it would cost you to rent Italy cell phone through conventional sources or roam with your own US cell phone through your home service provider.

Further, when you purchase a pre-paid Italy SIM card, this SIM card alone could save you up to 80% of your call expenses. You get a local number with a pre-paid Italy SIM card and all your outgoing calls are charged at local rates. All your incoming calls are FREE of any charges, no matter where they generate from. You do not need to pay for roaming or any other charges. You do not pay any of those monthly bills and you do not need to enter into any contract.

Your pre-paid Italy SIM card is a module which renders your cell phone intelligent. It is this SIM card that lets you call your associates, friends and your family back home and makes you available to the people who want to get in touch with you. A Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card is a printed circuit board which goes into a slot at the back of your Italy cell phone. Your pre-paid Italy SIM card is of a size a little smaller than a postage stamp and has a microprocessor and memory circuitry built-in. It stores all your unique information, such as, your phone number, your service plan, the International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) of your cell phone SIM card, etc. On switching on your phone, your pre-paid Italy SIM card sends the IMSI to the local network. This IMSI identification is then verified by the network database and a series of verification process takes place by transmitting identification codes to your Italy cell phone and receiving back information from your pre-paid Italy SIM card. When this verification is complete, your Italy cell phone is then connected with the network and you are now ready to make and receive calls. This process is so fast that it is absolutely transparent to you.

Your pre-paid Italy SIM card also holds your address book, where you can store the names and the numbers of the people you frequently call. It also logs the numbers of your incoming and outgoing calls and also those calls which you have failed to respond. These numbers are logged by its relevant date and time.

Roaming is a facility provided by your home service provider, where you can carry your phone and your US number through your home service provider. This becomes expensive since you pay for your outgoing and incoming calls at roaming rates. With a rented Italy cell phone you do not need to be on roaming when you have a pre-paid Italy SIM card. The set up is locally configured where you pay for your calls as the locals do. Since you pre-pay for your calls, you do not need to pay anything else over and above that. Italy cell phone rentals are all compatible with the network frequencies as operated in Italy and you need not worry about the frequency incompatibility.

When you leave your geographical area with your phone, you are considered to be roaming in the area that you are visiting. You are then said to be visiting a different network. In order to provide you with the roaming facility, your home service provider has entered into a business agreement with the network you are visiting. Under the circumstances, your home service provider needs to pay for each call that your make or receive through the network that you are visiting. When you roam in Italy with your US cell phone, you are said to be on International Roaming. This is the reason why you receive an outrageous bill at the end of the month when you have taken your US phone on roaming. Italy cell phone rentals from http://www.italysimcards.com are affordable and cheaper for the low rates that you pay for renting such a cell phone..

Italy is a GSM country, which means that networks in Italy operate on GSM technology. Even if you have a US GSM cell phone, it is unlikely that it would work in Italy, unless you have a quad or tri-band cell phone. You will need a cell phone which responds to GSM 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequency bands, which are the ones operated by the Italian network. Networks in North America, Canada and few other neighbouring countries work on different bandwidths, which are 850 MHz and 1900 MHz. Italy cell phone rental provides you with full compliance of the required frequency response in Italy, being compatible with the GSM frequency bands operated by the networks in Italy

When you visit Italy, you will notice that the country has something for everyone, from the busy cities, showcasing the great cultural heritage of the Italians, exhibiting the latest world fashion, to those quaint little peaceful villages in surroundings that brings in tranquility and a sense of calmness. It is the home of pasta, pizza, gelati and vino, where you can enjoy every situation in one of the most romantic country in the world. Walking through the cobblestone backstreets of Rome, you will discover little late night bars, adorned with mix of paintings, antique statues, grandma lamps and mosaics. You will find this to be an apt place where you can rest your feet and sip on a glass of the finest Italian wine and perhaps pick up your cell phone to talk to your family back home. You are not worried about the expenses since, before you left for Italy, you had rented Italy cell phone and purchased a pre-paid Italy cell phone, a package, providing you with double benefit of cost saving. Italy cell phone rentals cost you a fraction of the rates charged by any other. A compatible GSM phone with a pre-paid Italy SIM card provide you with unbelievable savings, including the fact that your pre-paid Italy SIM card could save you up to 80% on your calls that you make, with all your incoming calls coming FREE to you.

When you purchase a pre-paid Italy SIM card from http://www.italysimcards.com you get an initial talk time credit along with it. This allows you to use your cell phone right away when you reach Italy. As the credit depletes, you can buy recharge vouchers from any convenience stores in Italy and top up your talk time credit. These recharge vouchers are available in different denominations and you can choose the value of credit that you would want. Since you pre-pay for your calls, you are in full control of your expenses and can remain within the budget that you have set for the purpose.

Your Italy cell phone rental from http://www.italysimcards.com comes fully charged when delivered to you. You also receive a battery charger which is compliant with the supply voltage in Italy. Rented Italy cell phones are GSM compatible and responds to the network frequencies as operated in Italy. The use of cell phones in Italy has surpassed the total number of landline installations in the country, with the result, that Italy has one of the best mobile coverage in the world. With your rented Italy cell phone, it is highly unlikely that you would experience any ‘dropped call’ or problems in connectivity. Its not only affordability, Italy cell phone rentals from http://www.italysimcards.com are available at very low rates, and is the only way out from having the luxury to carry your US cell phone to Italy on roaming. By law, you need to be an Italian citizen to buy or rent any cell phone in that country and therefore Italy cell phone rental from http://www.italysimcards.com provides you with a better economical solution.

All pre-paid Italy SIM cards are GSM compatible, which would mean that you would need a GSM handset to make and receive calls with such a SIM card. Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) is the second generation (2G) first digital technology system, which replaces the first generation (1G) analog system. GSM is used in over 214 countries and has more than 80% of subscribers out of the total cell phone users in the world. The introduction of GSM technology has created a standard, which embraces all areas of technology, resulting in world-wide seamless wireless connectivity to and from about anywhere in the planet.

If you are not taking your US cell phone on roaming to Italy, the cell phone that you will be taking with you must be SIM unlocked for you to operate that cell phone with a pre-paid Italy SIM card. All Italy cell phone rentals from http://www.italysimcards.com are SIM unlocked handsets, providing you with worry-free communication when you are in Italy.

Cell phones are generally SIM locked by service providers, where a contract that you have signed stipulates that you should be using the services of that particular provider for a certain period of time. In this case the phone is made available to you free of cost and it is SIM locked and only operates with the SIM card that you receive from your service provider. In this way the service provider ensures that you will not be using any other SIM card. After the contract period is over, the service provider assists you in unlocking your phone. It is only then you may choose any SIM card that you like for your cell phone.

In order to make your travelling from one country to the other easier, cell phones are available in multi-frequency GSM bandwidths. A quad band phone responds to all the existing GSM frequencies – 850 MHz, 900 MHz, and 1800 MHz and 1900 MHz. The tri-band phone is compatible with 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz GSM frequency bands. The dual band handset operates on just two frequency bands – 800MHz and 1900MHz bandwidths. All Italy cell phone rentals comply with the network frequencies of Italy.

As most countries in the world, Italy has opted for GSM technology in the mobile telephony operation. GSM provides crystal clear connectivity, so much so that at times, it becomes difficult to sense if you are on a cell phone or using a landline. Whether you are in one of those quaint little remote villages, in the midst of the populated cities or relaxing in one of the beaches, GSM Italy cell phone rentals provide you with a clear digital reception. In fact 99.8% of the people in Italy use cell phones, which is more than the number of landlines installed in the country.

It is difficult to judge what could cause the most breathtaking experience that you will have when you visit Rome. It could be, the great Coliseum, an arena where display of strength linked this Eternal City to the might of the once Roman Empire, the top speed of Fiat cars while you are trying to cross major intersections or the bill that you have to pay for your coffee. The Coliseum is an amphitheatre and was taken up for construction at the time Emperor Vespasian and completed by his sons, Titus and Domitian, between AD 72 and AD 90. The Coliseum was built at the Domus Aurea, an area where Nero’s enormous palace existed. This large amphitheatre was built to a capacity of 50,000 spectators, witnessing gladiatorial combats. Standing in the middle of this amphitheatre and looking all around you, you would perhaps hear the cheer of that 50,000 people, as the gladiators fought to death. It is indeed breathtaking.

Italy is full of romance. Everywhere you visit, you are charmed by the invisible presence of the feeling of you having a great time and enchanting moments of your visit. The narrow winding streets, provides that sense of nostalgia of by gone days, as you pass the wonderful ancient historical buildings. It is a life time of an experience.

Cell Phone Towers and Mobile Phone Masts – Beacons of Harm

Is it a cactus? A palm tree? A water tower? No! It’s a cell phone tower! That’s right! Cell phone towers today are being disguised in subtle ways unheard of just a few years ago. See a grain silo? Or a church steeple? You guessed it. It could very well be a cell phone tower. There’s even a cell phone tower that looks just like a lighthouse…never mind that it’s over two miles from the ocean.

But don’t let the pretty and ingenious disguises fool you. There is a real and present danger lurking behind the mask of these innocent designs.

Why the disguises? Obviously, for aesthetic reasons. The cell phone companies don’t want to make their neighborhood friends upset. They want to blend in. So they blend in while they blast your home and neighborhood with toxic electromagnetic radiation.

Cell phone towers, sometimes called masts, or mobile phone towers, weren’t an issue years ago when they were few and far between. One could often drive miles and miles through the countryside and never see one. They were few in number and were only found in obscure locations and seen only on an occasional hilltop. Today cell phone towers have increased dramatically in number. There are now more than 1.9 million cell phone towers and antenna towers spread throughout the U.S. They are now found on churches, schools and firehouses as well as being seen on the rooftop of buildings everywhere. Did you know there is even a cell phone tower near Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park? Can’t sleep well at night? It may be that there’s a cell phone tower close by.

Just why would a mobile phone tower be placed on a church, school or firehouse? Why would school boards and churches agree to this? Money. It’s that simple. The mobile phone companies will pay these organizations, and individual property owners, handsomely to install their equipment on their properties. This “rent money” can range from a few hundred dollars a month to several thousand dollars a month. What school district or church couldn’t use extra money to aid a struggling budget? By “renting” the space on an already-constructed building the cell phone industry doesn’t have to purchase land, build a tower or construct a new building. It simply mounts its equipment on a structure that already exists. It’s a win-win deal for the cell phone company and the new ‘landlord.’

Opposition to these cell tower installments used to gone unnoticed and without question. Not so today. Neighborhoods and citizens are becoming vocally opposed. But it’s not the esthetics that causes residents and property owners to oppose these structures. Communities and citizens are afraid of the potential health effects being caused by this technology as well as the adverse affect on property values.

We Can’t Stop Cell Phone Tower Construction

Unfortunately, there isn’t much one can do to stop the proliferation and continued build out of cell phone towers and structures. Although thought to be legislation about deregulation issues, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (TCA) was really an open invitation for the cell phone industry to place their towers anywhere they wanted. Section 704 of the TCA basically states that local authorities can’t ban the placement of towers in their jurisdictions. The law says: “No State or local government or instrumentality thereof may regulate the placement, construction, and modification of personal wireless service facilities on the basis of the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions to the extent that such facilities comply with the Commission’s regulations concerning such emissions.” So legally the local government can’t refuse the construction of a cell phone tower in your neighborhood! Any challenge by local communities could easily end up in federal court. Our lawmakers have basically given the cell phone industry free reign to install these towers wherever they want. And, by the way, the cell phone industry helped write this legislation that our government officials passed as law! The public, therefore, now has no voice and no vote. Is there something wrong with this picture? Why didn’t our public officials represent the people instead of big business? Why would you let the very industry you’re trying to regulate write it’s own laws?

Does the income outweigh the potential risks? It appears not. Scores of studies and well-respected research have exposed alarming health effects from various forms of cancer to stress. Many experts today are predicting an epidemic in brain cancer soon.

Representatives from the industry are quick to point out the microwaves emitted by cell phone towers are well below federal standards. And indeed they may be. At least on paper. Most towers operate at a power output of 100 watts. However, this isn’t the total wattage of the tower. What they aren’t telling you is that 100 watts is the power per channel. Since one tower may have dozens of channels you can see that the power output could be highly excessive and well beyond 100 watts. It’s a technical loophole. And, of course, who is monitoring the power output from these towers after they are erected? The FCC certainly isn’t. It doesn’t have the manpower or money to properly regulate the millions of towers and antennas now online. And who is to prevent these companies from turning up the wattage when no one is around? Some have reported that many of these towers have already shown power outputs in the 900 to 1000 watt range.

You Can’t Escape The Radiation. It’s Everywhere.

We simply can’t escape the exposure to this radiation. It’s everywhere. There are so many people using cell phones and wireless connections today that you don’t even have to own a cell phone to be exposed. You’re just as exposed as everyone else. Every time someone makes a call from a mobile phone the signal is sent to a cell phone tower. There are so many calls being made by everyone all around us and now there are so many mobile phone towers in operation, that all of us are caught in the crossfire. It’s like second-hand smoke from cigarettes, except that we can’t get away from it. There simply isn’t anywhere to escape.

How Mobile Phone Towers Work

Cell phone towers emit signals in a “flower petal” pattern around the tower. This 360-degree radius around the tower is called a “cell” and this is what the term “cell” in cell phone means. When your phone is in a “cell” you get good reception and when it isn’t in a?”cell” you get poor reception. So, for a cell phone company to provide complete coverage cell phone towers and antenna towers must be positioned all across the country so that the “cells” overlap. You can begin to see what a huge infrastructure needs to be created to provide complete cell phone coverage. That’s why cell phone towers and antenna towers are so prevalent. Furthermore, that’s why these antennas are installed in so many places like rooftops, fire stations, schools and churches. This is what is necessary for complete coverage.

Studies Show Adverse Health Effects From Cell Phone Towers

If you aren’t sure that cell phone towers and masts are harmful the following study summaries should convince you. Below are listed six studies that have shown significant adverse health effects on people living near cell phone towers. According to Dr. Grahame Blackwell “these are the only studies known that specifically consider the effects of masts on people. All six studies show clear and significant ill-health effects. There are no known studies relating to health effects of masts that do not show such ill-health effects.”

  • Santini et al. found significant health problems in people living within 300 meters of a cell phone base station or tower. The recommendation was made from the study that cell phone base stations should not be placed closer than 300 meters to populated areas. Pathol Biol (Paris) 2002; 50: 369-373.
  • A Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research study entitled, “Effects of Global Communications System Radio-Frequency Fields On Well Being and Cognitive Function of Human Subjects With and Without Subjective Complaints” found significant effects on well being including headaches, muscle fatigue, pain, and dizziness from tower emissions well below the “safety” level.
  • Gerd, Enrique, Manuel, Ceferino and Claludio conducted a Spanish study called “The Microwave Syndrome” and found adverse health effects from those living near two cell phone base stations. The health effects included fatigue, a tendency toward depression, sleeping disorders, difficulty in concentration and cardiovascular problems.
  • From an Israeli study published in the International Journal of Cancer Prevention, Vol. 1, No. 2, April 2004, Wolf and Wolf reported a fourfold increase in the incidence of cancer in people living within 350 meters of a cell phone tower as compared to the Israeli general population. They also reported a tenfold increase specifically among women.
  • In the Naila Study from Germany, November 2004, five medical doctors collaborated to assess the risk to people living near a cell phone tower. The retrospective study was taken from patient case histories between 1994 and 2004 from those who had lived during the past ten years at a distance up to 400 meters from the tower site. The results showed that the proportion of newly developed cancer cases was significantly higher in those patients living within the 400-meter distance and that the patients became ill on average eight years earlier. In the years 1999 to 2004, after five years of operation of the transmitting tower, the relative risk of getting cancer had trebled for residents of the area in the proximity of the installation compared to the inhabitants of Naila outside the area.
  • An Austrian Study released in May 2005, showed that radiation from a cell phone tower at a distance of 80 meters causes significant changes of the electrical currents in the brains of test subjects. All test subjects indicated they felt unwell during the radiation and some reported being seriously ill. According to the scientists doing the study, this is the first worldwide proof of significant changes of the electrical currents in the brain, as measured by EEG, by a cell phone base station at a distance of 80 meters. Subjects reported symptoms such as buzzing in the head, tinnitus, palpitations of the heart, lightheadedness, anxiety, shortness of breath, nervousness, agitation, headache, heat sensation and depression. According to scientists this is the first proof that electrical circuits in the brain are significantly affected by a cell phone tower. The distance in this study was a mere 80 meters.

Two-time Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Gerald Hyland, a physicist, had this to say about mobile phone towers. “Existing safety guidelines for cell phone towers are completely inadequate. Quite justifiably, the public remains skeptical of attempts by governments and industry to reassure them that all is well, particularly given the unethical way in which they often operate symbiotically so as to promote their own vested interests.”

Dr. Bruce Hocking did a study in Syndey, Australia, of children living near TV and FM broadcast towers, which by the way, are very similar to cell phone towers. He found that these children had more than twice the rate of leukemia as children living more than seven miles away from these towers.

Results in yet another recent study conducted on inhabitants living near or under a mobile phone base station antenna yielded the following prevalence of neuropsychiatric complaints: headache (23.5%), memory changes (28.2%), dizziness (18.8%), tremors (9.4%), depressive symptoms (21.7%), and sleep disturbances(23.5%). In this study the participants were given a neurobehavioral test battery measuring such things as problem solving, visuomotor speed, attention andmemory. Symptoms of exposed inhabitants were significantly higher than control groups.

Furthermore, Europe’s top environmental watchdog group, European Environment Agency (EEA), is calling for immediate action to reduce exposure to mobile phone masts. EEA suggests action to reduce exposure immediately to vulnerable groups such as children.

The development of brain tumors in staff members working in a building in Melbourne, Australia, prompted the closing of the top floors of the building. The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology is housed in the building. Seven staff members were diagnosed with brain tumors and five of the seven worked on the top floor. A cell phone antenna is located on the roof of the building.

The Orange phone company in England is being forced to remove its mast tower on a building in Bristol, England. The removal is a result of a five-year effort by residents and local authorities to have the mast removed. Cancer rates in the building, which has become known internationally as the “Tower of Doom,” have soared to ten times the national average for the 110 residents living there. The two masts sitting on the roof, one owned by Orange and the other by Vodafone, were installed in 1994. Vodafone has refused the remove its mast.

Cell Phone Towers Affect Animals

Animals aren’t exempt from exposure the cell phone tower radiation either. One veterinary school in Hanover, Germany, reports that dairy cows kept in close proximity to a cell phone tower for two years had a reduction in milk production in addition to other health problems including abnormal behavior patterns.

Firefighters Vote To Suspend Cell Tower Construction On Fire Stations

Concerned about the effect that masts have on the nation’s firefighters, The International Association of Fire Fighters voted in 2004 to voice its opposition to cell phone towers and antennas being place on and around fire stations. They want proof first that there isn’t a safety issue and have asked for a moratorium on further construction and placement of any more towers or antennas on or around firehouses until such a study can be conducted.

What Are These Antennas Doing To Our Kids While They’re In School?’t worth the risk. They should not be subjected to microwave radiation when science has proven there could clearly be devastating effects as outlined in the previously mentioned studies. School boards and parent organizations need to be aware of the inherent dangers from such an exposure. It’s been clearly shown that microwave radiation penetrates the head of a child much easier than that of an adult. This is due to the thinner and softer bones in the head of child. Skull bones don’t fully harden until about age 22.

How Many Cell Phone Towers Are Near You?

The average person lives within one-half mile of a cell phone tower. Have you ever wondered how close you live or work to one of these towers? Would it bother you if one were right in your backyard? How many of these towers and antennas do you think there are in your immediate area? Find out by visiting the website http://www.antennasearch.com/. Simply type in your address and you’ll get a listing and a map of all the towers and antennas within a short radius of your address. Like most people you’ll probably gasp when you see the numbers. These towers are literally everywhere. Hundreds and hundreds of them are probably located within a few miles of your home or office.

Watch The Signal Bars On Your Cell Phone

The signal bars on your cell phone tell you how strong the signal is that are connecting to your cell phone. In other words, the closer you are to a cell phone tower the stronger the signal. The stronger the signal the less power your phone has to use to maintain the connection. A strong signal is indicated by a full set of “bars” showing on your cell phone display. Fewer bars mean a weaker signal. A weaker signal means the cell phone has to work harder to maintain the signal. Consequently, more power is needed to maintain the connection. The more power needed the greater the amount of radiation produced by your phone and the greater exposure to you. So always try to talk in outdoors or in an open space. This allows an easier connection from your cell phone to the nearest cell phone tower. Your phone won’t have to work as hard and less power is used to maintain the signal, which translates, to less radiation exposure for you.

What Can We Do?

Obviously, can’t escape the exposure. We’ve established that fact. So what can we do to minimize the damage?

Here are few ideas: We need to limit our exposure any way possible. Don’t live near a cell phone tower if you have a choice. Don’t buy a home near one even if the price is right. Limit your use of wireless devices. Go back to ‘wired’ connections whenever possible. Maximize your health through proper nutrition and good hydration. Eat foods high in antioxidants and take supplements. Eat organically as much as possible. There is no safe distance to locate away from a mast tower. Obviously, the closer to the tower the greater the exposure risk so do locate as far away as possible. Whenever possible encourage your local government officials to consider transitioning to the use of fiber optic cable. Most of it has already been laid underground. It’s just not being used. There are no masts with fiber optics and the small amount of radiation at the exits can be neutralized with technology now available. Discourage the use of Wi-Fi in schools by meeting with your school officials and school boards. Wi-Fi hotspots are popping up everywhere now. Even whole cities are going wireless with the installation of Wi-Fi. Again, it’s all done through a wireless signal, which is damaging to your health. Don’t let cell phone companies install cell phone antennas on the roofs of schools where your children attend. The radio waves are disruptive to their ability to focus, not to mention the health hazards we’ve already outlined. If you can’t change your current situation there is some hope. There are some intervention devices now available that you can use in your home, school and office to help lessen the risk of exposure. Some very good cutting-edge technology has been developed that will intervene and help mitigate the damage being done by wireless connections.

If you’d like to discuss those options feel free to get in touch with me.