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New Ordinance Aims to Expand Cell Service in Rural Queen Anne's County

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CENTREVILLE, Md. - The Queen Anne's County commissioners have passed an ordinance aimed at expanding cellular service to rural parts of the county.

Before commissioners voted on the new ordinance Tuesday, at least two cell phone service companies had to agree to provide service before a new cell tower could be built in Queen Anne's County. Now the companies that build cellular towers only need a lease agreement from one cellular provider.

“The new wording will result in rural areas getting better coverage," said Joseph Stevens, the attorney representing TowerCo 2013 LLC, which requested the change. “The companies that own the cell towers want to add additional carriers to existing towers because they are so expensive to build. So the result is that we will have broader coverage without a proliferation of multiple towers.”

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