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FCC Towers

Case Overview

Tens of thousands of communication towers dot landscapes across the country. In Texas alone, there are over 10,000 of these towers; the FCC receives approximately 20-25 new applications for tower construction each month. These towers pose a significant threat to endangered bird species, especially migratory birds. This filing sought to compel the FCC to revise its rulemaking and consider the impacts within an environmental impact study that a new tower may pose.

In February 2008, a federal appeals court ruled that the FCC did not follow the law to carefully consider the possible adverse effects to migratory birds when it issues permits for towers.

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Case Updates

February 19, 2008 | Legal Document

FCC Towers Decision (2/19/08)

U.S. Court of Appeals decision which found that the FCC did not properly assess the potential adverse effect of towers to migratory birds when issuing permits for new telecommunication towers

May 25, 2006 | Map

FCC Tower Map

Map prepared by the American Bird Conservancy showing thousands of communications towers in a 1,000-mile stretch of the Gulf Coast region, from Pt. Isabel, Texas to Tampa Bay, Florida.

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document


Petition to see action from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect millions of birds killed annually in collisions with telephone, radio, cellular and other communications towers nationwide.