HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Some experts says Hilton Head Island residents should get used to seeing more cell phone towers unless they want the island to become a communications backwater.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports the panel delivered the message to the town council Tuesday.

The head of the panel, Jim Collett, told a council committee that wireless connectivity is an essential service like water and sewers.

Collett says the island attracts 2 million visitors a year who expect their wireless phones and computers to work. He says if they don’t, those visitors will go elsewhere on vacation. He says poor service can also cost the island business conventions.

The committee was told the tree canopy and the island’s flat terrain and low elevation can make receiving cell signals difficult.