Telecom officials now say that cell telephone towers should be constructed to house the equipment of three companies offering services.
The Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones is holding another session today for municipal officials to educate them on the finer points of cell towers. With the opening of the mobil telephone market, two new companies are seeking to set up their services, and the towers they are building have caused problems among some residents.
The principal complaint is that the proximity of the town might lessen the property values in the area. Some residents near tower sites also worry about the electromagnetic radiation generated by telephone calls.
The Superintendencia said in a new release Wednesday that there was no scientific evidence about ill effects from cell tower emissions. It noted that individuals are exposed to all
sorts of radiation, including form the sun, from electrical appliances and even from the television sets. The World Health Organization has documented that cell phone radiation can increase temperatures in some organs of the body, and this increase should be held to 1 degree C, the Superintendencia said.
The agency has produced a booklet on recommended practices for the design, construction and shared use of cell towers. Among other pointed, the agency said that the towers should stand on at least 80 square meters of land, which is about 861 square feet.
The regulation of cell towers is up to each municipality, but the Secretaría Técnica Ambiental and the Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos also must sign off on the project.
The session today is at the Hotel San José Palacio with expected attendance from the municipalities of Moravia, Tibás, San Carlos, Goicoechea, Montes de Oca, Belén, Limón, Barva and Santo Domingo, said the Superintendencia.