Ky. court: Locals have authority over cell towers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court has given the power to regulate the location of cell phone towers to local planning boards and cut the state's Public Service Commission out of the decision.

The high court on Thursday ruled that state law gives the local boards the authority to decide where a cell phone tower may be located. The decision reverses the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

The issue arose when Bluegrass Wireless sought to put a tower in London, Ky. Several neighbors filed objections with the Public Service Commission, which dismissed the petition saying it didn't have the authority to grant it, but the London/Laurel County Joint Planning Commission did.

The neighbors sued in Franklin Circuit Court, saying the Public Service Commission had the authority to decide the issue.

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