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Myrtle Beach city leaders work on law to put in more cell towers

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People who have trouble with cell service in Myrtle Beach are not alone. City council members are looking for ways to make cell phone service more reliable. | Source: MGN Online People who have trouble with cell service in Myrtle Beach are not alone. City council members are looking for ways to make cell phone service more reliable. | Source: MGN Online

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - People who have trouble with cell service in Myrtle Beach are not alone. The Myrtle Beach City Council wants to make a change to make cell phone service more reliable.

Council voted unanimously on the first reading of an ordinance that would regulate wireless telecommunications equipment in the city of Myrtle Beach.

There are already many units in place around town most people probably don't notice. Some of the beach hotels lining the shore are topped with cell devices that help service in town, which is much needed during peak season, when millions of more users are in town.
The city also lets companies use certain utility surfaces, like the water towers. But those are all getting full, and so the city is seeking other options.

"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'."

This has some wondering whether they'll start seeing towers pop up in backyards. 

City leaders say that's not likely. The stipulations in the proposed law would add more towers that would give companies access to anywhere within the stipulations in Myrtle Beach.
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.

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