Wednesday, August 28, 2013

AT&T Sues City of Corrales Over Cell Tower Permit Denial


Wireless phone carrier, AT&T, is suing Corrales, NM in U.S. District Court claiming that the village council violated the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 in denying AT&T’s request to construct a 65-foot tower on a commercially zoned site. Last week the village planning and zoning commission denied AT&T a special use permit for the tower.

AT&T is required by the federal law to provide service, and in order to do so, the company must “consistently update its technology, facilities and network to keep up to date with its customers’ ever-growing demand for mobile services,” the complaint said.
The Corrales Planning and Zoning commission denied the application for a permit back in April because they believed the proposed tower wasn’t compatible with nearby residential properties and the agricultural character of the village. 

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