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December 18, 2007

Albany - - Digital billboards are growing in popularity, but you won't see any new ones in Albany any time soon.

Tuesday, Albany city commissioners voted to impose a 60 day moratorium on permits for digital signs.

It comes as the city reviews its sign ordinance and determines how to regulate the new advertising technology.

"We're respectfully requesting a 60 day moratorium be placed on all digital billboards city wide. We allow led technology on time and temperature in some areas like banks and those type of industries but we want to make sure that we uniform it and make sure everyone is on the same sheet as we are on," says Planning Director Howard Brown.

City leaders say the moratorium will give them time to work out those kinks as they prepare to update the sign ordinance.

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