- Category: Business
- Published on Sunday, April 08 2012 05:47
- Written by Rod Hughes
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The Mexican-based telecommunications company Claro received its first public relations threat last week when a Moravia resident filed a complaint against the firm with several agencies for excessive noise.
Gloria Vega, a resident of the Los Colegios neighborhood, claims that the data center, a container-style building, was put up illegally without municipal approval and emits "sonic contamination.
Ms. Vega's lawyer, Alvaro Sagot, cites several government bodies in the complaint, filed with both the public utility watchdog agency, ARESEP, and with the environmental people at SETENA.
The complaint quotes the Minister of Health in defining sonic contamination as well as environmental agency SETENA in not prohibiting construction not authorized by the municipality, or having gone through an environmental study.
The complaint alleges that the allegedly noisy data center has no permit. "What was installed (the data center) was not authorized and there is an illegality," said Sagot.
Victor Manuel Garcis, supervisor of Claro's connections systems, replied, "The authorization for construction of the tower necessarily implies the placement of the antennas in such structures and such support equipment adequate to protect it from weather in containers..."
But La Nacion, like the careful newspaper it is, checked the site and found no such antenna. Moreover, on the same day Claro employees broke the authorized seal on the gates.
But a SUTEL spokesperson told the paper that the cell phone company had entered the site "to correct the problem," presumably the excessive noise, and had followed construction regulations doing so.