Letter to the editor, Washington City Paper, 1/12/01
While Mr. Reed's paid position is wholly consistent with the haze of smoke the tower company issues to mask the truth, City Paper readers should know that the technology for high-definition television broadcasts is already in place and is being beamed out daily from Tenleytown, where the tower company's ill-fated tower now stands like a monumental beacon built to poor corporate choices.
The fact of the matter is this: All of the major television stations, including channels 4, 5, 7, and 9, are already capable of transmitting digitally from their current Tenleytown locations. And Channel 26 is currently broadcasting digitally from its Virginia site. Without question, Tenelytown bears a disproportionate burden of broadcast towers already, which, it should be noted, serve not only the District but also Maryland and Virginia. In other words, this is a regional issue, not a local one.
While tower company representatives hope to camouflage their true
One thing is certain: A tower that poses significant safety risks and
possible health hazards, including the very real threat of falling ice as
well as "significantly increased radiative activity" in the
community and city from electro-magnetic radiation, has no business