T-Mobile Sues City of Olathe Over Proposed Tower

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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ T-Mobile Central is suing the city of Olathe to allow a 60-foot tower to be built next to a church.

The Gathering Place Pentecostal Holiness Church agreed to allow the cell phone company to erect the pole, as long as T-Mobile added a beam that made the tower look like a cross.

But city planners objected to the plan on the grounds that it represents a sign not allowed in a residential area.

The city says the lawsuit has not been served and declined to comment.

T-Mobile says the city is violating the 1996 Telecommunications Act by unreasonably delaying or impeding its right to build a personal wireless network.

Camouflaging cell phone towers is becoming more common across the country. They can often be found converted into flag poles, synthetic brick chimneys, fake trees and church crosses or steeples.