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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The city of Albany could soon make more money from the growing number of cell towers around the city.

City leaders agreed Tuesday night to hire consultants to come up with new rules for cell towers.

Those experts will help the city decide what to charge cell providers, how to permit the towers, and where to put them.

"The city staff now will be able to have some expertise to evaluate the claims of these cell phone companies that they have to have a cell phone tower at a certain location. We need to able to contest that if it's not for the good of the aesthetics of the community," said Roger Marietta, Albany City Commissioner.

Right now, a provider pays $400 to submit an application to build a cell tower in the city of Albany.

That's far less than they pay in many cities.

Albany could raise the fee to $7,500 dollars.

 


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