Prince George’s the latest school system to face debate…

…over planned cellphone towers. Some residents are opposed, citing health and other concerns.

Segun Eubanks  - Laughing all the way to the Bank.

Segun Eubanks – Laughing all the way to the Bank.

Prince George’s County has become the latest school system in the Washington region to become locked in a debate over building cellphone towers on school property.

Montgomery County officials recently abandoned plans to have a cellphone tower built at Wootton High School in Rockville after an uproar from parents. And this year, a company withdrew its plans to build a tower at Piney Orchard Elementary School in Anne Arundel County after community opposition and issues with zoning.

Now, some Prince George’s parents, concerned about exposure to radio-frequency radiation, are fighting the school system’s plan to allow a Virginia-based communications company to erect towers on county school grounds and then sublease the monopoles to carriers.

Quon Wilson, a spokesman for the county’s public schools, said the system has an agreement with Milestone Communications, which is working on nine sites for such towers, including Benjamin Tasker Middle School in Bowie, Charles Carroll Middle School in New Carrollton and Oxon Hill Middle School in Oxon Hill. Read more >>> Washington Post


Watch: BOE Puts Cell Towers on 73 Playgrounds in 40 Seconds .@PGCPSCEO #getthecellout

This November 11, 2010 video shows the Prince George’s County Public Schools Board of Education agreeing to place cell towers on 73 public school playgrounds.

2 responses »

  1. The Prince George’s Sentinel was the first to break this story more than a month ago. I appreciate the Washington Post following us, but would like to receive credit where credit is due. Our stories are at the links below:


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