Senate approves antenna installation bill

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Chile's senate has approved a bill regulating the installation of mobile phone antennas, telecoms watchdog Subtel said in a statement.

The measure was approved by a large majority and is now expected to be greenlighted by the lower house.

The bill gives legal power to city councils, local communities and Subtel to regulate installation of mobile antennas.

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The principle of prevention regarding public health and electromagnetic radiation was taken into account while the bill was drawn up, placing Chile among the five strictest member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) when it comes to antenna installations, following recommendations from the World Health Organization.

The bill includes: implementing a model that encourages installation of small antennas with a low urban impact, empowering affected communities to be able to choose certain civil works projects in compensation for placing antennas, and stipulations that the health and environment ministries determine maximum radiation protocols.