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Athol OKs shorter pole to boost Sprint coverage

  • The site on Traverse Street where telecommunication company Mobilite LLC wants to install a 45-foot pole, with a 3-foot antenna. Recorder Staff/Domenic Poli

  • The site on Traverse Street where telecommunication company Mobilite LLC wants to install a 45-foot pole, with a 3-foot antenna. Recorder Staff/Domenic Poli



Recorder Staff
Thursday, May 18, 2017

ATHOL — The town’s Selectmen gave their blessing Tuesday to Mobilitie LLC’s petition to install a pole on Traverse Street, after the telecommunication company agreed to shorten the proposed pole to 45 feet.

The Selectmen had previously wanted more time to review Mobilitie’s proposal. Permitting manager James S. George, who attended the past two Selectboard meetings, said Mobilitie is agreeable to amending the pole’s height from the original 55 feet, though the pole will still have its 3-foot antenna. He said Mobilitie is the developer and Sprint is the carrier.

According to George, the pole near the parking lot “island” would increase Sprint’s wireless internet coverage in the downtown area.