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Temporary cell tower to be installed off Providence, near Stadium

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 | 6:57 p.m. CST; updated 7:48 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 13, 2013

COLUMBIA — The Board of Adjustment approved a cell tower on wheels, or COW, Tuesday night to be installed along South Providence Road. The 100-foot tower will help improve service during football and basketball games until the permanent tower is completed in about six months. 

“I know I’ve had problems with cell service during football and basketball games. It’s a public safety issue,” said David Townsend, chair of the Board of Adjustment.

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Temporary structures are usually used for large events such as Mardi Gras and other large festivals to maintain cell coverage in areas of heavy cellphone use.

The Board of Adjustment is requiring fencing around the temporary cell structure as well as a report from a structural engineer to make sure it's safe. Permits with the city are still needed before installation can begin. 

“We asked for a report that it is safe in high-wind speed because it won’t be tethered to the ground the way a normal cell tower would be,” Townsend said. 

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