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St. John's gives OK for 2 new cellphone towers

St. John's city council has approved the site designs for two new Bell Mobility cellphone towers, despite concerns that residents expressed about the plans.
Coun. Tom Hann said more communications infrastructure is needed in St. John's to meet consumer demand. (CBC)

St. John's city council has approved the site designs for two new Bell Mobility cellphone towers, despite concerns that residents expressed about the plans. 

One antenna will be downtown on the Fort William Building, while the other location is on the Hampton Inn and Suites by Stavanger Drive. 

At Tuesday's public meeting, councillors said research about the health effects of cell antennas are not conclusive. 

Coun. Tom Hann said the city needs more telecommunications gear to handle public demand for improvements in service. 

"If we are going to continue to use wireless facilities, iPods and telephones and iPhones and everything else — well, then in order to provide that service, we do need the establishment of more wireless facilities," Hann said. 

The City of St. John's does not have the authority to block applications for locations of antennas. That decision ultimately rests with Industry Canada. 

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