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Open Line is the MOA’s newsletter and is sent to all MPs, MSPs, and to members of the National Assembly for Wales and of the Northern Ireland Assembly, along with UK MEPs and local councillors in every planning authority across the UK. Open Line aims to keep these elected representatives updated on mobile phone network development and radio frequency (RF) health and safety issues.

Open Line is available in pdf format and as an e-version. 

Latest edition:


MOA Newsletter Winter2013/2014

MOA Newsletter Winter 2013/2014

Spring 2013

MOA Spring Newsletter 2013 AW HR


Summer 2012


Winter 2011/2012


Summer 2011

MOA Open Line Newsletter (pdf431 KB)

Summer 2010

MOA Open Line Newsletter
(pdf 517KB)

November 2009

MOA Open Line Newsletter (PDF 517KB)

December 2008

MOA Open Line Newsletter (PDF 513KB)

Winter 2007

MOA Open Line Newsletter (PDF 4.61MB)

Autumn 2006

MOA Open Line Newsletter (PDF 513KB)


61% of UK adults access the internet from mobiles

Mobile phones cannot work without a network of base stations (masts). There are approximately 52,500 base station sites (excluding microcells) in the UK. Only a third of these are large, free standing masts. A YouGov survey for MOA (Sept 2014) showed that nearly 8 out of 10 people recognise the link between masts and good mobile coverage. Mobile telecommunications are vital for the UK’s economic competitiveness and in promoting social inclusion. There are now 89.9 million mobile subscriptions in the UK. In Q1 2015 61 per cent of UK adults used their mobile phones for internet access. Tablet ownership is 54% of UK households.

No Established Health Effects

Mobile phones operate by using radio waves, similar to those that have been widely used for decades, for example in radio, TV and radar signals. A large number of studies over the last two decades have found no clear evidence of adverse health effects from the use of mobile phones or from phone masts.