Cellular phones may be getting smaller all the time, but the towers that make them operate are not. A growing number of Canadians complain the towers are eyesores.
Over the past few years, sky-high communications towers have been sprouting up everywhere.
They are weird-looking structures usually placed on rooftops in industrial parks,. In some cases, they're placed in residential neighborhoods.
Cellular phones are a key part of the billion-dollar communications industry, which is growing all the time.
In Manitoba, there are 150,000 customers who own wireless phones. It takes 125 towers throughout the province to serve those customers. Each tower costs about $1 million to install.
When towers go up in residential neighborhoods, some people complain. "It's not really enhancing the dcor of the community," says Winnipeg resident Josh Nezon, of a nearby Cantel Tower in Garden City Mall. "A big grey metal post. It doesn't do much."
Near Calgary, Cantel put up a 36 metre tower near homes in the suburb of Oakridge. Residents fought to have it removed and won.
Manitoba Telcom's Therese Mickelson says the company goes through proper channels to install the towers.
"The first thing we do is get in touch with planning and zoning authorities and work with them to get requirements," she says. "And in some cases we work with community associations, show them the plans up front."