Winston-Salem to consider cell towers in residential areas

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The City Council plans to make a decision next week on whether to allow cell phone towers in residential areas.

Councilman Derwin Montgomery said the city-county planning zone board already approved the ordinance change to allow towers in residential areas but now council must approve.

AT&T and the American Tower Company are asking the council to change its ordinance, allowing them to ask permission to put up towers in neighborhoods. Company representatives and residents met Thursday night at a town hall meeting on the issue.

The American Tower Corporation released this statement about the proposal.

“Consumers and businesses rely on their wireless devices more and more every day, for everything from staying in touch with friends and family to accessing data to conduct their business. Nationally, about 30 percent of homes use wireless service exclusively. In Forsyth County, about three of every four calls to…

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