Air traffic control, baby!
Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a fly-by:
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The SmartMeter is the round white thing on the right and the cellie antenna is that stuff jutting out at the very top.
How would you like this RF farm parked three yards from your front door?
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Poor by-now-certainly-sterile, wealthy, white, wizened, whiny NoPNA NIMBYs of the Western Addition.
Don’t be a hater, don’t be like this guy:
Instead, you ought to do something about poor cell phone coverage in San Francisco.
Like what about you Upper Haight, Cole Valley, Panhandle, NoPA people? Why don’t you come on over to tonight’s big meeting regarding cell phone service.
“October 19, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Haight Ashbury Park Branch Library, 1833 Page Street”
All right, see you there!
We want to have a conversation with you about improving wireless coverage in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
AT&T is working hard to improve wireless coverage in San Francisco. We would like to invite you to attend a community workshop to discuss our plans to upgrade service in the Haight-Ashbury. These upgrades will provide improved coverage and better wireless service.
To learn more: attend a community workshop at 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at the Park Branch Library, at 1833 Page Street.
This community workshop is an opportunity for you and your neighbors to discuss wireless infrastructure with us in an informal setting. We will be ready to talk about our broad plans for the city and specific plans for your neighborhood.
We appreciate your time and the opportunity for us to have a dialogue about San Francisco’s wireless infrastructure needs. For questions or additional information please contact 415-646-0972 or visitwww.att.com/
Is there a new cell phone antenna installation in this photo here? Yes, but you probably couldn’t tell by looking.
Is this the kind of thing that San Francisco wants? Apparently.
Anyway, the answer to wireless connectivity is more antennas, IMO. So this is good.
MOAR of this!
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“SUNSET DISTRICT RESIDENTS BENEFIT FROM AT&T NETWORK UPGRADES WITH MORE COVERAGE, MORE CAPACITY
Enhancements Will Improve Connectivity and Performance for
Mobile Voice and Data Network
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 — AT&T* today announced more network upgrades in the Sunset District of San Francisco designed to provide its customers faster speeds, increased reliability and best-in-class wireless service.
AT&T’s network enhancements include a new cell site designed to improve coverage in residential and commercial areas along Sloat Boulevard from Meadowbrook Drive to 39th Avenue, and on Sunset Boulevard from the intersection at Vicente Drive to Morningside Drive.
In addition to expanded coverage from the new cell site, AT&T has added additional capacity to more than 160 cell sites in San Francisco, including several across the Sunset District to help improve overall service.
“Adding more capacity to a cell site is like adding more lanes on the freeway so that voice and data traffic flows faster,” said Terry Stenzel, AT&T Vice President and General Manager for Northern California and Northern Nevada. “Whether customers are talking, texting, e-mailing, surfing the net, streaming music or video, using their favorite apps, or conducting business we want to make sure they have a good mobile broadband experience.”
In addition, AT&T continues upgrading cell sites with fiber optic and Ethernet connections back to the central switching facilities, enabling faster 4G speeds.**
“We’re investing in our network in the Sunset and in San Francisco because we’re committed to providing best-in-class wireless voice and data service to our customers,” said Ken McNeely, AT&T’s California President. “AT&T has invested nearly $775 million in its San Francisco Bay Area wireless and wireline networks from 2008-2010, and we will continue investing and making network improvements.”
AT&T’s mobile broadband network provides several important advantages for customers, including the ability to talk and surf at the same time. For instance, customers can look up directions to an event while still talking on the phone, or browse social media sites will chatting with a friend. AT&T also provides access to voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in more than 200 countries. Business Traveler magazine recently named AT&T as having the “Best Mobile Coverage in the World” – the fourth time AT&T has received the distinction.
In addition, most AT&T customers have access to nearly 27,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspots across the country, and nearly 800 across the San Francisco Bay Area at no extra charge. With half of AT&T customers now using smartphones, the popularity of Wi-Fi is soaring. In 2008, there were about 20 million connections to the AT&T Wi-Fi Network. In 2010, that skyrocketed to more than 320 million Wi-Fi connections, and in just the first 6 months of 2011 customers have made more than 443 million connections to the AT&T Wi-Fi Network.”
Via a source I fear to mention, well, now this just isn’t right:
“SF bay area craigslist > san francisco > gigs > event gigs
Apple emps needed to search home (bernal heights)
Date: 2011-09-04, 7:23PM PDT
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apple emps needed to search home and car looking for electronic devices. Devices may have faulty antenna please bring own GPS.
Previous law enforcement exp a plus.
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I’ve never used the Verizon – I’m not sure what makes it so great, you know, the way people say it’s so great.
Or some people, anyway:
No matter. We all win when more cell towers go up, right? Hurray!
As here, with the news of a new cellie in the southern part of Marin County.
Of course it’s somewhat absurd to consider each installation a victory over the NIMBYs, but that’s what it’s come to. (When you’re participating in trench warfare, even moving the battle line forward 100 yards is cause for celebration.)
Here it is, a full-fledged press release for just one (1) tower going up.
“New Cell Site Helps Sausalito, California, Residents and Visitors Make More Calls, Download More Apps and Stay Connected
WALNUT CREEK, Calif., July 28, 2011 – Calling, downloading apps and surfing the web on the Verizon Wireless 3G network is now easier and faster for residents and travelers in the San Francisco Bay Area thanks to a new cell site, Sausalito, California. The site expands 3G wireless coverage and capacity along Highway 101, Highway 1 and Tennessee Valley Road.
Verizon Wireless has invested more than $5.7 billion in its California network since being founded in 2000. Nationally, the company has invested more than $65 billion over that same period to increase the coverage and capacity of its network, and to add new services.
In Northern California, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network covers more than five million people. In the San Francisco Bay Area, 4G LTE coverage extends south to San Jose and east to Oakland. In addition, Verizon’s 4G LTE footprint recently expanded in the Bay Area to include parts of Marin and Solano Counties, as well as Fresno and Sacramento. For more information, please visit: www.verizonwireless.com/4G.
Verizon Wireless on Twitter
To stay up-to-date on Verizon Wireless news in Northern California, Northern Nevada and Hawai’i, follow @VZWheidi on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VZWheidi.
For the latest network-related news, information and upgrades follow @VZWNetwork on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VZWNetwork.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/
I used to laugh at AT&T…
…but no longer.
People, you got to get out there and let AT&T put up towers and otherwise improve service. My sweet T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 4G isn’t going to work so hot post-merger unless you get out there and support a cell tower or something.
You live next to 3165 Steiner Street or someplace in Cow Hollow or the Marina? Well, then start fighting those NIMBYs post-haste.
Thusly (but please remember to double-check starting times if you’re actually going to go down to City Hall):
“AT&T is working hard to improve wireless coverage in San Francisco and your support will help. AT&T proposes a new cell site at 3165 Steiner Street on top of the city-owned Lombard Street Garage. In addition to improving wireless coverage for the residents of Marina and Cow Hollow, this upgrade will provide improved wireless coverage for commuters and residents who travel along the busy Lombard Street corridor, which is the gateway to the Golden Gate Bridge and US 101N.
You can show your support for better coverage in this area of San Francisco by emailing the Planning Commissioners and letting them know you supportAT&T’s efforts to improve service across San Francisco and specifically at the Lombard Garage location:
Attend the Planning Commission hearing at 2pm, on July 28, 2011 at San Francisco City Hall, Room 400.
Please feel free to share this information with your friends, neighbors and family members. AT&T wants all of our customers to enjoy the convenience, safety and security of quality wireless service now, and for many years to come. Your support will make a big difference.
For additional information go to www.att.com/bettersanfrancisco
“There are a number of opportunities for you to learn more about our efforts to upgrade San Francisco’s wireless network, or speak up to support our work to bring you a better wireless experience. These events are usually community meetings, planning commission hearings, or meetings of the Board of Supervisors.
Please feel free to invite your friends, neighbors and family members. Your attendance at these meetings will make a big difference.
|July 28, 2011||Visitacion,
199 Leland Avenue
|August 4, 2011||POA Credit Union,
501 6th Street
|September 8, 2011||Project Open Hand,
726 Polk Street
|September 15, 2011||Condor Club,
|September 15, 2011||Chinese Hospital,
1099 Powell Street
|September 15, 2011||Pottery Barn,
400 Castro Street
|September 15, 2011||Monaco,
201 9th Street
|September 15, 2011||Mission Parking Garage W,
|September 22, 2011||Church of the Fellowship,
|September 22, 2011||539 Bryant Street||CC5238|
Don’t see your neighborhood on this list? Contact us if you’d like to schedule a Community Meeting in your area.
|Date||Meeting Location||Proposed Site|
|July 27||Tenderloin Recreation Center,
570 Ellis Street
|RJ’s Sports Bar,
709 Geary Street
|July 28||County Fair Bulding-Garden Room,
1199 9th Avenue
|Woodside International School,
1555 Irving Street
|August 3||Mission YMCA,
4080 Mission Street
|3999 Mission Street
|August 10||Grace Cathedral Chapter Room,
1100 California Street
|Thai Thai Noodle,
1400 California Street