WALL OF SHAME – Photo Gallery of “Small” Cells
Although marketed as “small cells,” they are in fact quite large. The wireless telecom industry misleads politicians and the public by claiming that “small” cells are the size of “one small pizza box.” As it turns out, when actually measured, small cells equal 30 EXTRA LARGE pizza boxes and 60 small pizza boxes. (Please note that Dominoes pizza boxes were used for these calculations – Figures may vary when using other brands of pizza.)
Although marketed as “small cells” they come with a power supply – potentially as large as a refrigerator – that contain nickel cadmium or lithium ion batteries, rectifiers to change the signal from AC to DC, and one or more computers. So-called “small” cells may also include an array of associated equipment such as a noisy cooling fan, a smart meter, and a radio base station and radio transmitters. To top this all off, a “small” cell mounted atop the pole completes the eyesore.
Although marketed as “small cells,” these units can weigh up to 300 pounds which may prove disastrous in the event of a car crashing into a pole potentially downing the 300 pound “small” cell. If a car were to crash into the nick cadmium battery in the power supply, molten metal would spew out about 50 feet in all directions. This highly toxic waste would also leak into gutters and seep into the water supply.
The fact is, no safety testing has been done on “small” cells deployed throughout our neighborhoods.
Fiber optic cables to every home and business would eliminate all these problems and would be far superior to wireless for most all our Internet and telecommunications technology. When comparing fiber optics to wireless transmissions, Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D. states:
“Fiber optics are safe, fast, reliable, and far more cyber-secure and energy efficient.”
(Please feel free to use any of the images included in this post in your efforts to oppose “small” cells. If an image has an attribution posted beneath it, please include that as well.)