Despite protests, council OKs wireless telecommunication measures

A packed City Council chamber watches Wednesday night as Arthur Firstenberg, an outspoken advocate against electromagnetic radiation, ignores Mayor Alan Webber’s repeated requests that he relinquish the podium for exceeding his allotted time for testimony. Tripp Stelnicki/The New Mexican

The dozens of Santa Fe residents who claim they are endangered by the radio frequencies emitted by telecommunication facilities protested five proposed telecom franchise agreements at length Wednesday night before the City Council.

Amid the interruptions of the frequently disorderly crowd, councilors approved the agreements, which are expected to pave the way to enhanced wireless and cellular connectivity. 

The five ordinances establish new access rights to public rights of way for telephone and internet service providers, whether with cables or antennas.


Tripp Stelnicki covers City Hall and Santa Fe County for The New Mexican.

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