New Tower Act to regulate urban infrastructure

18 Jun 2012

Chile is set to introduce new legislation to regulate the construction of cellular tower infrastructure in cities, reports RCR Wireless. The new Tower Act is expected to encourage colocation by increasing the powers of municipalities to intervene in the process of tower installation. Whilst the Act will allow citizens to reduce the visual impact and potential health risks of the infrastructure, it is feared that it will also significantly increase the cost of deployment: TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that complications caused by permissions for tower construction have slowed down network rollouts in India, and more recently in Costa Rica.

Transport and telecommunications minister Pedro Pablo Errazuriz commented on the legislation: ‘In addition to protecting the urban landscape and the goodwill of the neighbourhoods, the new law takes care the health of people in a precautionary manner as recommended by the World Health Organization, setting strict limits on the powers of the antennas.