Council voted unanimously on the first reading of an ordinance that would regulate wireless telecommunications equipment in the city of Myrtle Beach.
"They need more facilities than they have just to meet the coverage and capacity requirements that exist," says City Spokesman Mark Kruea. "I mean, you can't complain about not having service on your cell phone or your wireless device, and say 'Oh but you can't put up any towers or any cell phone systems anywhere'."
But there are a number of those stipulations in place.
First, the lot the tower goes on has to be big enough for the tower to fall without hitting anything, in case a hurricane knocks it down.
"We still would require that the cell phone companies look at the commercial areas first," Kruea says. "Surely, there are places within the commercial areas where they could find a spot to add a cell phone tower. If they cannot do that, and they can demonstrate to the zone of appeals that they simply can't find a commercial area. then we would let them consider a residential area."
Kruea says cell companies would be required to share towers if possible. Which means there could be two, three or possibly even more providers all using the same tower.