Cellphone providers seeking out So. Cal churches

1:27 PM, Dec 25, 2012   |    comments
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cellphone providers are heading to church as they scramble to find places to put up towers.

The Los Angeles Times says plans to install cell antennas at Southern California houses of worship have sparked controversy and even protests. But they're also a way for small congregations to raise money.

There were protests this year after plans were announced to place a dozen T-Mobile antennas in the steeple of the Little White Chapel in Burbank. The City Council declined to approve the project.

But Verizon won planning commission approval in October to place a dozen antennas inside the steeple and cross at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Camarillo.

Churches with cell sites say they welcome the lease money from wireless companies, which can total as much as $4,000 a month.

The Associated Press

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