Cell phone towers may bring extra tax revenue, greater reception, and security to a city or town. Despite these benefits, many remain skeptical of towers due to potential health risks, environmental aesthetics, and the impact on property values.

Chart showing % of adults and children living in households with only wireless telephone service or no telephone service

Source: Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July–December 2009, (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 12, 2010).

Chart showing percentages of adults and children living in households with only wireless telephone service or no telephone service: United States, 2003-2009.


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Cell Phone Towers & Property Values

How Does the Proximity to a Cell Tower Impact Home Values? (Valbridge, Sep. 14, 2018)

Cell Tower Installation Plans Lower Property Values (Scientists for Wired Technology, Sep. 12, 2018)

Wireless Towers and Home Values: An Alternative Valuation Approach Using a Spatial Econometric Analysis (Journal of Real Estate Finance & Economics, May 1, 2018) E

Property Values, Desirability and Cell Towers (EMFZA, Jul. 24, 2018)

The Impact of Cell Phone Towers on House Prices: Evidence from Brisbane, Australia (Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Jan. 1, 2018) E

Cell Phone Towers: Risks & Health Concerns

Cellphone Towers on Hit List of U.S. Domestic Extremists: Report (The Crime Report, Mar. 18, 2021)

Is 5G Making You Sick? Probably Not (CNet, Jul. 30, 2020)

California Requires Back-Up Power for Cell Towers, After Wildfire Evacuation Alerts Failed (The Sacramento Bee, Jul. 20, 2020)

Cell Phone Towers (American Cancer Society, Jun. 1, 2020)

Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Fields: Guidelines for Cellular Antenna Sites (U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Oct. 15, 2019)

Cell Phones, Cell Towers, and Wireless Safety (School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, Feb. 27, 2019)

Cell Phone Tower Aesthetics

The Masquerading Cell Towers of the American West (California Sun, Apr. 27, 2021)

Charlotte’s Mysterious ‘Tree’ Communications Tower Is Raising Some Scary Questions (Charlotte Stories, Apr. 19, 2021)

Inside the Complicated Business of Disguising 5G Equipment (CNN, Mar. 2, 2021)

Fifth New Cell Tower in 2 Years, at Palm Harbor Golf Club, Draws Less Than Beaming Reception (Flagler Live, Dec. 8, 2020)

The History of Fake-Tree Cellphone Towers (Slate, Oct. 12, 2020)

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Cell Towers: Wireless Convenience? Or Environmental Hazard? (Markham, ON: Safe Goods/New Century Publishing, 2001)

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