Concerned that recent changes in federal telecommunications laws may produce an explosion of towers and antennas across the city, officials are taking steps to regulate the equipment.
The Telecommunications Reform Act, signed into law earlier this year by President Clinton, was a sweeping reform of the industry. It removed monopoly protections so that telephone companies, cable companies and others in the communications industry now can compete in each other's markets.
Brea, like a number of municipalities in Orange County, is experiencing a surge of applications for antennas but does not have adequate laws in place to govern them, officials said.
City planners said they have received four applications for antennas in the past six months and expect more. The previous application rate, they said, had been about one every two years.