Church Steeples Doubling As Cellphone Towers

Cellphone carriers are having a hard time finding places to build new towers, so they're making deals with churches to put antennas in steeples. The Baltimore Sun reports that the churches get more than $1,000 a month for each antenna. A half-dozen congregations in the Baltimore area have now leased out their bell towers.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Some churches are singing the praises of source a new source of revenue. Here is the church and here is the steeple. Open the door and see the cell phone towers?

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

That's right. And that's our last word in business today. Cellphone carriers are having a hard time finding places to build new freestanding towers, so they've reached agreements with churches like Catonsville Presbyterian in Maryland to put the antennas in steeples. There are three in that church.

MONTAGNE: The Baltimore Sun reports that the church has received more than $1,000 a month for each antenna and that a half-dozen congregations in the Baltimore area now have leased out their bell towers.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

WERTHEIMER: And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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