Canadian Groups Agree on Siting Process for Antenna Systems (2/28/13)
Thursday, February 28, 2013 | Comments

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) and the Federal of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced a joint protocol on the siting process of wireless antenna systems.

“The purpose of the protocol is to ensure there is notification and meaningful local consultation on the location and visual aesthetics of antenna systems before they are installed, and that Canadians continue to have access to the wireless services they need to support their businesses and stay connected with their families,” said FCM President Karen Leibovici.

The Joint Antenna System Siting Protocol is the result of a partnership between municipalities and the wireless industry, through FCM and CWTA, to find solutions to the challenge of building Canada’s digital infrastructure while respecting local land use preferences and community concerns.

The protocol establishes a more comprehensive notification and consultation process than current regulations, and emphasizes the need for meaningful pre-consultation to ensure local land use priorities and sensitivities are fully reflected in the location and design of new antenna systems, the groups said.

Telecommunications carriers have agreed for the first time to notify municipalities of all antennas being installed before their construction, regardless of height, and to undertake full public consultation for towers under 15 meters — whenever deemed necessary by the municipality.

“Canadians expect reliable, high-quality wireless service wherever they are,” said CWTA President Bernard Lord. “By working together, communities and the industry can guarantee there is enough critical infrastructure in place to keep Canadians connected to the devices and technology they love, and keep our economy strong.”

The full protocol is available here.

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