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More data, fewer dropped calls and movies streamed whenever you want them — all through the air without any wires. Sounds great until Verizon, AT&T or Sprint wants to put a transmission tower in your yard. Residents in Southern California have been appealing to cities and counties, but now, under new rules, the Federal Communications Commission may be "the decider." We hear what that might mean in your neighborhood. Also, with no action from Congress, California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia take "a small step" toward coping with climate change.

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, a coalition of conservatives was on Capitol Hill today to lobby Republicans for immigration reform.  They ranged from the Chamber of Commerce to evangelicals who've been "praying 4 reform," which they say does not mean "amnesty." Can they move enough GOP members to get House leaders to allow a vote on bipartisan measures?

 

Banner image: Cellphone transmission tower at Broadway and Manchester in Los Angeles. Photo: Jon Sullivan

Producers:
Evan George
Anna Scott
Katie Cooper

Main Topic The No Longer Hidden Cost of Wireless Technology 17 MIN, 6 SEC

Wireless technology is expanding fast to meet consumer demand for more and faster service. But it comes with a cost. There will be thousands of new transmitters installed in Southern California neighborhoods. Last year in Burbank, residents beat back plans for 12 new antennas for wireless transmission in a church steeple. 

Guests:
Richard Stein, Brentwood resident
Jonathan Kramer, Telecom Law Firm
Robert Jystad, California Wireless Association

Reporter's Notebook West Coast Bands Together over Climate Change 7 MIN, 30 SEC

Governor Brown describes a new pact between the states of California, Oregon and Washington and the Canadian Province of British Columbia as a "small but powerful first step" toward dealing with climate change. Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, says, "So simply put, I don't think it's too much to say that on the West Coast we intend to design the future, not to wreck it." Craig Miller is Science Editor at KQED, public radio and TV in San Francisco.

Guests:
Craig Miller, KQED (@KQED)

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