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FCC Towers

Case Number # 3564

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.

Press Releases

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Decision could save millions of birds killed each year in tower collisions
Friday, April 8, 2005
Millions of birds die annually in collisions with cellular and television towers