Telecom agency instructs officials on cell towers

The Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones held a meeting Thursday for municipal officials to instruct them on the regulations for granting permits for erecting cell telephone towers.

Two companies, Claro (América Móvil) and Telefónica (Azules y Platas S.A.), have won concessions to offer cell telephone services, but they have to construct their own towers.

As A.M. Costa Rica reported June 2 tower construction is generating a backlash, mostly from residents who think their property values will be reduced or those who fear the electromagnetic emissions.

Residents in Tárcoles and Tamarindo are organizing to fight the towers.

The meeting Thursday was to help those municipalities that do not have regulations in place for tower construction.

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