Sala IV says cell towers are a national matter

The Sala IV has placed the construction of cell towers above local zoning regulations and municipal control.

In a decision announced Tuesday the constitutional court said that telecom towers were in the national interest and should be regulated by national authorities. Municipalities were instructed not to delay their construction despite what may be in the local zoning plan.

The decision is a major victory for new telecom companies and firms that are providing towers for the cell telephone signals. Some residents objected to the proximity of cell telephone towers and complained that they were eyesores and were health hazards.

Some municipalities had begun to pass laws restricting the location of towers in response to local complaints.

The court said that communications was key in bringing to all persons universal access and to improve services.

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