New Missouri law relaxes restrictions on cellphone tower expansion

Friday, July 5, 2013 | 4:24 p.m. CDT; updated 5:37 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 5, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Local governments will have less ability to restrict cellphone towers under legislation signed Friday by Gov. Jay Nixon.

The bill includes a list of 18 things that cities, counties and state entities can no longer require or prohibit when regulating cellphone towers.

For example, they cannot evaluate applications for cellphone towers based on whether there were other possible locations, nor whether a company could have added its equipment to an existing tower used by a competitor. They also cannot require companies to remove existing wireless facilities as a condition of building new ones.

The Missouri Municipal League had asked Nixon to veto the bill.

But Nixon said it would help expand access to broadband Internet and wireless phone service.

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