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As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALTERNATIVE TOWER STRUCTURE. Man-made trees, clock towers, bell steeples, light poles and similar alternative-design mounting structures that camouflage or conceal the presence of antennas or towers.
ANTENNA. Any exterior apparatus designed for telephone, radio, television communications and any other electronic communicating devices or services through the sending and/or receiving of electro- magnetic waves.
APPLICANT. The person applying for a permit to place or operate a cellular or wireless communication antenna, cellular or wireless communication tower, or cellular or wireless communication site in the city.
CLEAR AND CONVINCING EVIDENCE. The measure of proof which will produce a firm belief as to the allegation sought to be established.
CO-LOCATION. The process of providing space for more than one user within a facility and/or on a tower.
EQUIPMENT BUILDING. The structure located on a tower site which houses the electronic receiving and relay equipment for a Wireless Telecommunications Facility.
EXISTING STRUCTURE. Any building or other structure other than a tower which can be used for location of wireless telecommunications facilities.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC). Federal government agency with the oversight of all aspects of communications including Broadcast, Radio, Broadcast TV, Television, Wireless, Telephone, Cellular, Radio, Public Safety and Cable TV.
HEIGHT. Referring to a tower or other structure, the distance measured from ground level to the highest point on the tower or other structure even if said highest point is an antenna.
MICRO ANTENNAS. Any cellular or wireless communication antennas which consist solely of the antenna and which do not have any supporting structures other than brackets including micro cells. Micro antennas shall be equal or less than five feet in height and with an area of not more than 580 square inches.
MUNICIPAL OWNED PROPERTY. Property which is owned solely by the City of Cambridge.
PERSON. Any business entity, person, individual, or telecommunications company or operator.
RIGHT-OF-WAY. The surface of the space above and below any public street, sidewalk, road, alley or highway including under or along bridges or viaducts or any other public right-of-way of any type whatsoever within the City.
SCREENING. The solid wood fence or barrier and continuous evergreen hedge which is required herein this chapter. Tower owners/operators are responsible for installation and maintenance of said screening pursuant to City Cambridge Title XV Land Use Chapter 162.05(F) and (G).
TELECOMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT. Antennas, satellite dishes, and other communication devices and/or equipment which are used for transmitting, receiving, or relaying communications signals, except as such equipment has been preempted from regulation by the Telecommunication Act of 1996.
TOWER. Any structure that is designed and constructed primarily for the purpose of supporting one or more antennas, including self-supporting lattice towers, guy towers, or monopole towers. The term includes radio and television transmission towers, microwave towers, common-carrier towers, cellular telephone towers, and alternative tower structures. The term shall exclude hobby-related communications facilities located in residential districts (i.e. Ham radio towers).
WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES. Any cables, wires, lines, wave guides, antennas and any other equipment or facilities associated with the transmission or reception of communications as authorized by the FCC which an applicant seeks to locate or has installed upon a tower or existing structure.
(Ord. 65-97, passed 8-26-97)