Canada’s telecommunications companies must now consult with communities before building new cellphone towers no matter the size, Industry Minister James Moore announced today.
The announcement closed the loophole where companies were not required to consult if the towers were under 15 metres high. The companies built towers just under that limit. There are currently about 18,000 across the country.
James Moore said the government has been trying to reduce the number of cell towers, and the recent auction of 700 MHz wireless spectrum was a step in that direction. The 700-block spectrum will require fewer cell towers because of its capacity to transmit data over longer distances.