Stop Installation of Cellular Antenna Opposite P.S. 183

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We recently learned that a cellular antenna (a DAS node) is going to be mounted on the street light directly opposite the entrance to P.S. 183 on East 66th Street and in front of our building.

No one in the community was informed that this is happening, and in fact it turns out that the city (department of transportation) leases out these streetlights to franchisees who then install antennas for cell providers (in this case it is AT&T). There is already a similar antenna on the corner of 66th and 1st Avenue.

We are outraged that they have been allowed to place the antenna in such close proximity to the school. Communities around the country and abroad have fought to prevent the placement of cellular antennas in highly residential areas due to the health risks involved, especially as cities race to roll out 5G. Read more about 5G here:

Of course we realize that these antennas are everywhere and that our phones, iPads, etc. emit this radiation as well, but we can control our exposure to those things. We will not be able to control our exposure to this, nor will we know if the antenna remains in compliance with FCC guidelines (which are determined by the telecom industry and haven't been updated in 20 years) because no one will be monitoring its emissions on a regular basis.

Please help us prevent the installation of this antenna!

What can you do?

1. Call Council Member Ben Kallos’s office: (212) 860-1950

2. E-mail the CEO or other executives at AT&T to complain:

Randall Stephenson

3. E-mail or call Brett Sikoff

He is director, mobile telecom franchises & special projects, NYC department of information technology & telecommunications (DoITT)


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