Hot line set up for info about new cell phone towers

New entries into the telecommunications field are putting up towers around the country, but they are having trouble. Although they have received permission for the central government to operate, permits for constructing telecom towers are the responsibility of the municipalities.

The Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones said Wednesday that it has set up a hot line for municipal officials who seek technical information about towers. That line is 800-88-78835. The Superintendencia expects questions about height, area requirements, radiation and electromagnetic waves, it said. The line is not for the public who might have complaints or questions about the towers.

The two companies, America Movil and Telefonica, have an obligation to service about 28 percent of the country in the first year. Eventually they must service 95 percent of the national territory within five years.

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