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Churches Increasingly Rent Out Steeples As Cellphone Towers

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SAN RAMON (CBS 5) – People demanding better cellphone service without having to look at a bunch of new towers may soon have their prayers answered.

“Church steeples make an excellent location for a cell site,” said John Britton of AT&T. “You have nice location on it. It’s giving good connectivity and people don’t even see it.”

Steeples are the latest place towers are hidden in plain site. They are disguised as trees. They are in trees, and even on fast food signs. Usually there is controversy no matter where they go.

At Canyon Creek Presbyterian in San Ramon, the pastor said they make upwards of $30,000 a year for putting the site in his steeple, and many others are doing the same thing. They lose part of their tax exemption, but still make money on the deal.

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  1. Claudia

    November 28th, 2012

    Haha, what a great comeback for every atheist who wants to get rid of all crosses: but it’s a cell phone tower!!

    Hehehe

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  2. Left Coast Dan

    November 28th, 2012

    This is actually a pretty good idea both for the income and the community benefit. Some of our members were contacting all the service providers about ten years ago but nothing came of it. And we still have mediocre coverage.

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  3. serfer62

    November 28th, 2012

    Its just great to be ab American…the shit we come up with is fantastic!!!

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  4. Plain Jane

    November 28th, 2012

    Hopefully God will prevent the porn that goes out over the phone lines.

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  5. george in georgia

    November 29th, 2012

    BULLSHIT – separation of church and statement – buncha idiots

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  6. WhiteFalcon1

    November 29th, 2012

    Ironic that churches are useful now when barry has given 1/2 of africa free fucking cell phone!!!

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  7. Machloja

    November 29th, 2012

    Hey, father how much for cellular antenna disguised as cross ?
    I want to see ACLU in court, taking out (cross)this one.

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  8. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    November 29th, 2012

    Anyone see a steeple in that photo? Figure that CBS News-goons don’t know what one is.

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  9. anonymous

    November 29th, 2012

    not a good idea and will ultimately harm parishioners:

    http://www.emwatch.com/EMF%20Effects.htm

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