Cell Tower in Church Cross

It's common knowledge that cell phone antennas are hidden inside such things as chimneys and trees so they're not unsightly. But antennas inside church crosses? One Bay Area cell phone company is seeking permission to do just that.

Metro PCS wants to boost the height of this cross at Santa Teresa Catholic Church in San Jose to 50 feet and install three cell phone antennas inside it. A spokesperson for the Diocese of San Jose says the antennas would be a good source of revenue and aren't a problem if they're not visible.

With more and more people using cell phones these days, the need for additional antennas is also on the rise. San Jose's planning commission has approved dozens of antennas inside crosses, steeples, and bell towers for churches of various faiths.

Santa Teresa Church is in a heavily residential area. Some neighbors are concerned the electromagnetic field from the antennas could possibly cause cancer.

Metro PCS declined to be interviewed for this story. But the Diocese of San Jose says there's no definitive proof linking cell phone antennas to cancer.


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