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Cell phone tower proposal for Portola Valley will be hard to defeat

Original post made on Apr 12, 2010

Portola Valley residents with homes near a proposed cell phone antenna at Golden Oak Drive and Peak Lane in the Westridge neighborhood are unhappy about the antenna's aesthetics and its possible effect on their property values.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, April 12, 2010, 10:56 AM

Comments

Posted by NIMBY, a resident of another community
on Apr 12, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Those NIMBYs will probably see their property values go up if they have good phone service. Quit whining and move into the 21st century!


Posted by gap in coverage, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 13, 2010 at 9:36 am

Will this tower close the gap in coverage on Alpine near 280? Verizon drops my calls every time when I'm in this area.


Posted by David Boyce, Almanac staff writer
on Apr 13, 2010 at 10:28 am

David Boyce is a registered user.

My understanding is that each service provider must install its own antenna. In this case, the service provider is T-Mobile, but if the antenna goes up, there may be room on it for other providers.

As to whether this will cover the gap in Verizon service on Interstate 280 near Alpine Road, that is probably a question for another forum.


Posted by John, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Apr 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Yes, I think everyone wants better cell phone service, but at what expense. Should all local laws be thrown aside? From the belligerent stand T-Mobile took at the Planning Commission hearing, you'd have thought dealing with local ordinances and the concerns of residents and their customers shouldn't count.




Posted by charlene, a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Apr 16, 2010 at 8:20 pm

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Posted by Chris, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Apr 17, 2010 at 3:58 pm

I would love to have good cell phone coverage. Despite AT&Ts recent mail claiming to have improved local coverage, I have seen zero improvement. As for the NIMY neighbors in Westridge, I'm sure they're happy to have cell phone coverage when they are in someone else's yard.

It's time to share the air, folks. It's called progress.


Posted by Marshall @ Intero, a resident of another community
on Apr 20, 2010 at 8:54 am

As a Realtor here in the Bay Area, I can tell you first hand that property values go UP with good cell reception. I can't tell you how many times I've shown a house to prospective buyers who take one look at their cell phone when we arrive. If there is an inadequate signal, we move on to the next house where their cell phones work.