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FCC Opens Inquiry Into Bird Kills

FCC Opens Inquiry Into Bird Kills

This spring, RW Online reported that FCC Chairman Michael Powell was having staff look into whether broadcast and cell towers pose a threat to migratory birds. Environmentalists say many birds die each year because they fly into the towers. Some believe the tower lights attract the birds, for example. Broadcasters, meanwhile, say other things kill the birds, not the towers.
The FCC says there isn’t enough evidence to know if this is a real problem. That’s why this week, it opened a Notice of Inquiry, gathering information on such things as tower lighting systems, tower height, antenna support structures and locations. It’s gathering comments and information on scientific research relevant to migratory bird collisions with communications towers (WT Docket 03-187).