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I-87 cell hhone towers proposed

Verizon moved a step closer last week to closing the cell phone gap on I-87. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Inmates, Families Boycott High Phone Rates

Today, inmates around New York State will pick up the phone to call their families - collect, as always. But this time, families will refuse to accept the charges. It's a one-day boycott to protest the high rates charged by the phone company MCI. MCI has had an exclusive contract to provide phone service for inmates since 1999. Rates for the prisoners' collect calls are more than six times higher than regular consumer rates. Inmates can only call collect, and the charges add up for families on the other end. Advocates say that these high rates threaten inmates' family ties - a crucial bulwark against recidivism. They're also critical of the contract deal. MCI gives over half the profits to the state. Advocates call that a kickback scheme. But the contract is set to expire at the end of March, and the State Senate appears set to make a change. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

Villages Go Wi-Fi in St. Lawrence County

Several villages in the North Country are trying to go wireless. Canton, Gouverneur, and Heuvelton are among the communities that want to use a public fiberoptic line to install wi-fi hotspots. They would allow residents and businesses to get broadband internet access without using phone or cable lines. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
A cell tower in disguise
A cell tower in disguise

Fake Tree Tower will be Built on Lake George

The Adirondack Park Agency is poised to approve a controversial cell phone tower on Pilot Knob above Lake George. The tower--dubbed "frankenpine" by pro-environment groups--will be built to resemble a white pine tree. An APA committee says the tower will be nearly invisible to boaters and residents. The project faced stiff opposition from local residents and government leaders. Some APA staff members also urged the Agency commission to reject the project. But the cell phone company and state Senator Betty Little say the project will improve communication on Lake George. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Nextel has proposed a "tower tree" for Pilot Knob (File photo)
Nextel has proposed a "tower tree" for Pilot Knob (File photo)

APA Senior Staff: No Opinion on Pilot Knob Cell Tower

Senior staff at the Adirondack Park Agency have once again overruled their field staff's recommendation on a controversial project. A report issued Wednesday by the APA offered no opinion on the future of a cell tower proposed for Pilot Knob on Lake George. In May, one of the APA's senior attorneys issued a preliminary report condemning the project. As Brian Mann reports, the change angered pro-environment groups.  Go to full article

Media Mogul Buys 3 Adirondack Radio Frequencies

A Kentucky-based radio conglomerate has purchased commercial broadcast frequencies in Saranac Lake, Dannemora, and Old Forge. Radioactive LLC bought the frequencies in December as part of an auction held by the Federal Communications Commission. As Brian Mann reports, the company is run by a media mogul who once controlled one of the biggest radio corporations in the U.S.  Go to full article
FraudFrond.com collects camouflaged cell tower photos, such as this ersatz fir.
FraudFrond.com collects camouflaged cell tower photos, such as this ersatz fir.

Cell Tower "Frankenpine" an Eyesore, or a Clever Solution

Cell phones are taken for granted in most of the U.S. They're a part of everyday life. But in parts of the country where scenery is cherished, cell phone towers are often described as "visual pollution". Now, companies like Verizon and Nextel are disguising their antennas as pine or palm trees -- even the occasional cactus. As Brian Mann reports, a camouflaged tower proposed for the hills above Lake George is drawing mixed reviews.  Go to full article

Hauling Radio Gear Up Blue Mountain

For most of us, fall is a time to plant some bulbs, put up the storm windows, and stock up on wood or oil for the deep winter ahead. For North Country Public Radio, and especially for our intrepid engineer Radio Bob Sauter, fall is the time to batten down the hatches on our network of 21 radio transmitters. You know, that laundry list of stations - WSLU, WSLJ, WXLG, WXLH, and so on. It's an equipment-hauling, mountain-climbing job. A couple weeks ago David Sommerstein joined Radio Bob for a special radio expedition up Blue Mountain.  Go to full article

Saratoga Towers Plan Receives State Support

Saratoga County's push to build three new broadcast towers in the Adirondack Parks received a boost yesterday. Town supervisors released a report created by the state's Office For Technology which supports the project. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Worries About a Verizon Sale

State lawmakers and union leaders are concerned over the possible sale of Verizon's telephone landlines to speculative investors. They say phone service could severely deteriorate and many jobs could be lost. Karen DeWitt reports  Go to full article

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