NAB Coalition Files Comments In FCC Towers-Vs.-Birds Docket
April 24, 2007 at 11:48 AM (PT)
THE INFRASTRUCTURE COALITION, a group including the NAB along with the CTIA, ASSOCIATION FOR MAXIMUM SERVICE TELEVISION, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TOWER ERECTORS, and THE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL, filed comments MONDAY in the FCC's docket on the effect of communications towers on migratory birds, telling the Commission that there is "insufficient evidence" that tower siting has enough environmental causation or impact to justify governmental intervention in tower siting issues. The group says that regulation "would undermine key Commission priorities, including broadband deployment, public safety and facilities-based competition, while failing to materially advance the public interest."
The coalition's position is, "There is simply no substantial evidence currently in the record to support any change in FCC policy. Most of the avian mortality studies produced to date are anecdotal rather than empirical, peer-reviewed studies. Although there has been some limited progress with respect to studies of select towers in MICHIGAN, the FCC must continue its efforts to gather broad-based, peer reviewed scientific evidence on avian mortality at communications towers. Only after this has occurred can the FCC evaluate whether there is probative evidence linking communications towers to significant avian mortality sufficient to merit regulatory intervention. The Commission must then determine whether there exists a reasonable solution that will advance the public interest."
The group also says that there has not been enough study of whether white or red lighting is more effective for bird safety and claims that there "has been no broad-based, peer-reviewed evidence about the impact of tower height on migratory birds and no such evidence exists upon which the FCC could rely to create a reasoned 'cut off' point for differing regulatory treatment."
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