How to get folks to stay in the Pontiac for more than 5 days

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Added: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 8:58pm
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Last week’s installation of a cell phone tower on Télébec property in downtown Shawville caused quite a stir. Did they have town council’s permission? Was public notice given? What an eyesore! Did the CRTC call for public comments? So ran the gossip.
For the five days only of the upcoming fair, cell phone users’ spirits – and bars – will be high as Télébec / Bell Mobility installed a temporary tower at the corner streets of Victoria and Main. “It’s about time we get service in Shawville!,” say (or text message) its customers.
 A network provider will typically deploy temporary communication towers to areas that have experienced a natural disaster, or have a sudden influx of people due to an event, such as in this case, the Shawville Fair. Apparently Bell received so many complaints from previous fairs’ visitors who could not get a signal that this year the company asked Shawville council for special authorization to have a tower in operation between August 29 and September 2.
Assuming the Bell tower will also be able to teleport out of Shawville’s dead-zone all of its cell phone customers who are residents – and that they will enjoy the ‘ride’ – will the public make demands for a permanent tower after this one is dismantled? Or have most of them already switched to Rogers, which has a tower at the ball field, as their provider?
Wireless communications are part of life in 2013. Many people now rely on them, whether or not they have abandoned their landlines. One of the main arguments people make against building towers close to population centres is that they will negatively impact nearby residents’ health. Not so, according to Health Canada’s website: “The consensus of the scientific community is that radiofrequency energy from cell phone towers is too low to cause adverse health effects in humans.”
Another argument against towers is they are unsightly, but if everything someone deemed unsightly had to be located far away from view, no cell phone towers would ever get built anywhere.
There is a stigma attached to cell towers but an inherent problem with some people’s arguments against cell phone towers is, while they don’t want towers close to them (NIMBY), many of them benefit from the service it and towers similar to it provide.
Shawville council last summer unanimously approved “a request to Bell that they look into erecting a communication’s tower to accommodate cell phone users in Shawville and the area”. The likely spot for another tower would be at the ball field or near the water tower.
Bell still has the council on hold, no surprise. Perhaps the temporary tower will be collecting usage data and Bell will eventually answer the call.
Another permanent cell phone tower in Shawville would be a boon not just in the immediate vicinity but also to the whole Pontiac.

Nancy Hunt, Editor