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AT&T plans cell tower

February 03, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

ZULLINGER, Pa. -- AT&T is in the early stages of developing a 190-foot cell tower on Wharf Road to better serve wireless customers in the greater Waynesboro area, company spokespeople said Tuesday.

The company would lease several thousand square feet at 11737 Wharf Road, the site of Zody's Moving & Storage, and erect a 190-foot monopole if plans are approved as presented.

"This is part of our continuing strategy to provide our customers with the wireless coverage they expect," said Beth Gautier, a company spokeswoman from the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas.

As people move to areas like southern Franklin County from cities, AT&T is simultaneously making improvements to the suburban and rural areas, Gautier said.

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AT&T will own the tower at the end of construction, but it will be built to host multiple carriers if they want to lease space on it.

The tower could be up and on air by the end of the year, depending on how much time it takes to get land development approvals and building permits, said Dan Langan, the company's Pennsylvania spokesman.

"We work with local individuals and organizations to find the best site," he said.

Washington Township, Pa., officials said they received a call from AT&T Tuesday afternoon regarding local regulations. No plans had been submitted to the township by the close of business Tuesday.

AT&T established its network on Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) technology, Gautier said. It has since started adding so-called 2G and 3G technology in metropolitan regions to boost the connectivity speeds of hand-held devices with e-mail functions and Internet, she said.

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