Cell Phone Towers


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

Property values, Desirability and Cell Phone Towers (emfza, July 24, 2018)

Cell Phone Towers Lower Property Values: Documentation And Research on Cellular Base Stations Near Homes (Environmental Health Trust, Sep. 10, 2017)

The Growing Impact of Wireless Accessibility on Property Values (NREI, Dec. 8, 2016)

The Cost of Convenience: Estimating the Impact of Communication Antennas on Residential Property Values (Land Economics, Feb. 2016)

The Lo Down on Cell Towers, Neighborhood Values, and the Secretive Telecoms (The Dissident Voice, Dec. 19, 2015)

Cell Towers: Not in My Back Yard (Tedium Blog, Aug. 5, 2015)

Cell Tower Antennas Problematic for Buyers (REALTOR® Magazine, July 25, 2014)

Cell Phone Towers and House Prices in New Zealand: Economic Effects and Policy Implications (International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, 2014) E

Telecoms Facing a Bold New Challenge Nationwide: Vertical Consultants Collect Billions in Underpaid Cell Tower Rents (PRWeb, Jan. 29, 2012)

The Impact of Cell Phone Towers on House Prices in Residential Neighborhoods (The Appraisal Journal, Summer 2005) E

Cell Phone Towers: Benefits

HOA Communities: The Benefits of Allowing a Cell Tower (Realmanage, Mar. 19, 2015)

“Fully 91% of American adults own a cell phone and many use the devices for much more than phone calls” (Source: Cell Phone Activities 2013, Pew Research Center, Sept. 2013, p. 2)

The hidden taxable capacity of land: enough and to spare (International Journal of Social Economics, 2009) E

Cell Phone Towers: Risks & Health Concerns

Consumer Watch: 5G Cellphone Towers Signal Renewed Concerns Over Impacts on Health (Jan. 25, 2018)

Why Living Close to GSM Towers Could Be Hazardous for Your Health? (muditalab, Aug. 29, 2017)

Are Kids at Risk? Scores of Chicago-Area Schools Allow Cell Towers on Their Buildings, Grounds (NBC Chicago, Oct. 4, 2016)

The Hidden Health Effects of Cell Towers (It Takes Time Blog, Sept. 22, 2015)

Cellular Phone Towers (American Cancer Society)

Study: No Health Risk From Cell Phones And Towers (CBS Atlanta, Feb. 14, 2014)

Cellphone Tower Bill Draws Concern From Municipal Group (The Missourian, Feb. 6, 2014)

OSHA Investigating Fatal Cell Tower Collapse in Harrison County (WOWKTV, Feb. 1, 2014)

Reflections on the INTERPHONE Study of Cell Phones and Brain Cancer (CDC NIOSH Science Blog, July 26, 2010)

Study: Cell Phone Towers Not a Cancer Risk to Children (PBS, June 23, 2010)

Mobile Phones Base Stations and Early Childhood Cancers: Case-Control Study (British Medical Journal, June 22, 2010)

Radio Frequency Safety (U.S. Federal Communications Commission)

Cell Phone Tower Aesthetics

Cell phone towers that are designed to blend in with their environment are often called stealth or concealed cell phone towers. Conducting an Internet search using the terms stealth, concealed, or camouflaged will yield up-to-date results on this topic.

Dressed Up as Trees, Cellular Towers Stir Debate (The Sacramento Bee, Dec. 5, 2015)

The bizarre history of cellphone towers disguised as trees (Vox, Apr. 19, 2015)

Cell phone tower in Norton Shores build to resemble 155-foot pine tree (The Muskegon Chronicle, Oct. 29, 2011)

Appeals Court upholds county permit decision on Franconia Township cell phone tower (Chicago County Press, Nov. 10, 2011)

City blocks expanded cellphone tower (CBC News Calgary, Oct. 28, 2011)

Streaming Live Revenue (Journal of Property Management, 2007) E

Cell tower camouflage artists just want to blend in (Network World, 2004) E

eBooks & Other Resources


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Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

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The Impact of Cellular Phone Base Station Towers on Property Values (University of Auckland, 2003)

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

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