Video: Churches Rent Their Steeples as Cell Phone Towers


Some churches are trying to raise extra money by renting out their steeples as cell phone towers (video below).

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

The Canyon Creek Presbyterian church in San Ramon, California reportedly earns $30,000 a year for putting a cell phone tower in their church steeple.

Churches will lose part of their non-profit tax exemption, but still come out ahead financially.

Mindy Spatt, of the utility watch dog group TURN, expressed concern: “Churches, as independent non profits, could be unduly influenced by these contracts."


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