AT&T pushes to erect new cell tower for Columbia

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | 10:22 p.m. CDT; updated 10:34 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 20, 2011

COLUMBIA — Hoping to gauge public reaction, AT&T planned to present a proposal to build a new service tower.

But no one from the public came to the meeting, held Wednesday evening.


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AT&T wants to build a new service tower at Columbia's Fire Station No. 2 to accommodate the data flow required by some of its services, such as 4G technology. Three representatives from AT&T and a contracting company were prepared to discuss the potential effects of the tower on the community and how it would look.

"It's like a flag pole without a flag," said Laurie Hatfield from Black & Veatch, which contracts with AT&T. The 100-foot Unipole would be disguised and designed to collapse on itself instead of falling over if something were to happen, she said.

"We have to add an additional site to keep the data flow and to load off the data flow from other sites," Hatfield said.

The proposed cell tower would provide service a quarter-mile to a half-mile around the tower, she said.

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Bob Walters April 20, 2011 | 10:31 p.m.

It would be useful to know the location of Fire Station #2.

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Yue Jiang April 20, 2011 | 10:47 p.m.

Fire Station 2 is at the corner of West Worley Street and Pershing Road, just as the map shows. And here's a previous article on this:

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Bob Walters April 21, 2011 | 2:23 p.m.

Thanks. If the map was there earlier, I missed it.

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