This affects you if you rely on cell phones to connect with your family, friends, or work. It affects you if you use your cell phone during emergencies or just to look up directions or local businesses. This is your opportunity to get better wireless service for you and your neighbors.
All Sanders Ranch and South Moraga residents benefit from improved Verizon Wireless service, even non-Verizon Wireless customers. In the event another wireless carrier’s network fails, the Verizon Wireless network is available to all users for emergency calls and text messages.
At home, the Verizon Wireless Network is leveraged for more than staying connected with friends and family or entertainment online. The Network supports home security monitoring, connectivity for home health monitoring devices or even tracking a lost pet. 90% of US households use wireless service. With this increase in demand from users at home and those who work from home comes the need for more facilities to meet the customer needs. Citizens need access to 911 and reverse 911 and wireless may be their only connection. (CTIA, June 2015)
If you value improved wireless service in Sanders Ranch and South Moraga and you support Verizon Wireless’s proposed network enhancements, we need to hear from you. To show your support and let your voice be heard, take a moment to send an email that we can share with city officials. You can click to select any of the sample messages or create your own.
Verizon Wireless engineers design our wireless networks to add needed coverage and to meet
rising demand and to provide coverage in hard-to-reach areas like Sanders Ranch and South Moraga. As a result,
Verizon Wireless will add a wireless facility on an existing PG&E utility tower east of Sanders
Ranch and South Moraga.
*When will wireless facility be installed in Sanders Ranch and South Moraga and when will the work occur?
Verizon Wireless plans to install a wireless facility in Sanders Ranch and South Moraga as soon as the permitting
process is completed and approve.
*Are wireless applications reviewed by the Town and County?
Yes, Verizon Wireless must obtain permits to install wireless facilities in accordance with both the
Town of Moraga and the Contra Costa County design guidelines and permitting process.
*Are wireless facilities reviewed for compliance with FCC safety guidelines?
Yes. All wireless facilities must comply with the stringent standards of the FCC.
*Are wireless facilities safe?
The Federal Communications Commission, in consultation with multiple federal agencies,
sets federal government safety standards regarding wireless facilities. Those standards have wide
safety margins and are designed to protect everyone, including children, and were
established after close examination of research that scientists in the US and around the world
conducted for decades. The research continues to this day, and agencies continue to monitor it.
Scientists have studied potential health effects of RF emissions from cell phones for
decades. Based on all the research, federal agencies have concluded that equipment that
complies with the safety standards poses no known health risks. And advisers to the World Health
Organization have specifically concluded that the same goes for 5G equipment. In fact, the RF
safety standards adopted by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are
even more conservative than the levels adopted by some international standards bodies.
FCC: The FCC provides information about the safety of RF emissions from cellular base stations
on its website at: http://www.fcc.gov/oet/rfsafety/rf-faqs.html.
FDA: The Food and Drug Administration’s Cell phone website
EPA: The Environmental Protection Agency’s overview of cell phone safety: Cell phone safety
CTIA: Information by CTIA on protecting health and safety.
CNET: FCC says there's no evidence 5G is a health risk. https://www.cnet.com/news/fcc-
New York Times: The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t