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Roanoke City to update wireless telecommunications facilities policy

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Roanoke City officials say due to the explosion of smartphones and other wireless devices requiring data streaming, wireless providers must now provide more system capacity than ever to deliver quality service to their customers.  

Officials say this has necessarily altered the way providers evaluate their networks and the number of sites and the type of technology they use.  

Based on these changes, the City says they need to update its Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Policy and review the current provisions of their zoning ordinance.

The city's Planning, Building, and Development Department will lead this update process, officials say. This effort includes assessment of industry changes, including technology, updated Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations, and customer demand.

By updating this policy, the City says they wish to guide the development of new facilities in a way that achieves the capacity and coverage goals of the wireless providers and wireless device users, while minimizing the visual impact to the community.

The city plans to hold a public meeting Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Main Library - Auditorium located at 706 South Jefferson Street in Roanoke.