San Francisco Could Reap Millions from Cellphone Antennae

San Francisco is always looking for new ways to close the budget gap. And with a more than $300 deficit this year, it's time to get a little creative. The city's Planning Department is suggesting the city could rent out city facilities to cellphone companies looking to expand local coverage.

That would almost certainly pump millions of dollars into city coffers. In a new memorandum to the Board of Supervisors, planning director John Rahaim says that telephone companies plan to add 320 wireless transmitters to the 767 existing ones, and that local government could profit by putting them on siren poles and other public facilities.

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