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Will the FCC ever deal with bird-killing mobile phone towers?
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Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 09 July 2009 11:27

    The FCC will soon be able to celebrate seven years of sitting on its duff and doing nothing about the problem of bird-slaying wireless towers. Even a court order hasn't scared the agency into action—Ars wonders what will.

By Matthew Lasar | Last updated July 8, 2009 11:45 PM CT

Both conservationists and the wireless industry continue to press the Federal Communications Commission for some response to concerns that millions of migratory birds fatally collide with mobile phone towers every year. But there are no obvious signs that the Commission has plans to do anything—despite a court order requiring agency action.

A small army of industry representatives just met with the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau on this issue. They urged the Commission to contract with an "impartial avian consultant" to "assess the state of the science surrounding avian mortality, as a first step toward filling the void of peer-reviewed data that exists in the Migratory Bird rulemaking proceeding." The meeting included reps from CTIA - The Wireless Association, the National Association of Broadcasters, and the National Association of Tower Erectors.  [ARS Technica...]   [Comments...]

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