Meeting set to discuss Waggoner Internet tower

The Kyrene School District will hold a community meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 to discuss a proposal for the installation of a wireless Internet tower at Waggoner Elementary School.

The proposed tower would provide Internet for residents with what the company – Clearwire – says will have minimal visual impact.

Clearwire, a broadband wireless Internet provider that specializes in deploying WiMAX technology, will compensate the school district for the use of the land occupied by the tower.

Clearwire’s radio output is said to be a fraction of what other companies transmit.  

All radio frequency transmitted from the Waggoner location would be classified as non-ionizing radiation, which falls into the same category as visual and infrared light.

The company says it follows all guidelines issued by the FCC and  is incompliance with required safety guidelines.

Pending community input and approval from the city of Tempe, Kyrene will propose to the Governing Board to grant an easement to Clearwire for the construction of the tower.

More information will be provided at the meeting.

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