February 5, 2014 1:23 pm
While we wait for the results of the 700 MHz spectrum auction to be revealed, Industry Minister, James Moore, unveiled today new rules for companies planning to install antenna towers.
Federal regulations previously stated that telcos were mandated to notify the government when they installed a tower of 15 feet or higher. Over the past number of years, many carriers have erected towers just shy of this hight to bypass any communication with the government or residents.
Today, Moore closed this loophole and declared enhancements to the Antenna Tower Siting Policy, specifically noting these changes will “increase transparency for municipalities and improve communications throughout the tower siting process.” Carriers must now — regardless of height — consult on all commercial tower installations and establish a 3-year limit between the time of consultation and the tower building itself.
This move will certainly help those residents who felt their protests have been ignored over the years, but now that any size tower needs to follow a communication path I wonder if the government will slow down the speed at which they’re installed.
Source: Industry Canada