TelCo Foils Tin-Hat Crowd, Places Cell Tower on State Property

Providing effective cell phone coverage in notoriously spotty San Francisco drives telcom executives to baroque political maneuvers as they site cell phone towers.

SF Weekly's Peter Jamison reported last month how AT&T managed to erect a political force field around a tower in the Bernal Heights neighborhood. The company positioned its apparatus atop the offices of a leftist pamphlet, allowing the pamphleteer to pocket an estimated $1,500 per month, enlisting him as an ally against anti-cell-tower activists.

T-Mobile has apparently obtained political cover from a different source — governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The company has notified the state Public Utilities Commission that it plans to install six 156-foot cell phone towers on a new dorm building at the University of California campus at Mission Bay, a site exempt from local meddling because it's on state property:

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