Cell telephone towers are rapidly becoming a political issue.
José María Villalta, the legislator representing the left-wing Frente Amplio, is among those hosting a meeting of those persons who live in communities that are affected by tower construction.
Also expected to talk is Claudio Monge, who is a legislator with the Partido Acción Ciudadana.
The towers are being built by the two private firms, one Mexican and the other Spanish, that won concessions.
The meeting is at 10 a.m. today in the auditorium of the
legislature in San José. The goal is to plan a strategy, an announcement said
The current cell telephone system belongs to the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. As a government agency, it did not have to petition municipalities to build towers. But private firms do, and some residents oppose them. Some municipalities do not even have laws on the books to permit the approval of tower construction.
Frente Amplio and Acción Ciudadana oppose concessions in principle and also have many supporters in the public sector. If the companies do not build enough towers to service a required percentage of citizens, they stand the chance of losing their concessions.