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    Default New Cell Tower Status

    Does anyone know the status of construction of the new cell tower, and which carriers are going to be supported?

    Thanks,

    Rich Stafford

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    Funny you should ask. We just posted a bit of an update on the cell tower on our home and news pages:

    Sprint, T-Mobile and Cingular will be locating on the Reeves Hill cell tower. Verizon has not committed to date, but has been in conversations with the tower company. The tower is expected to be in service early this fall.

    A building permit was issued last week, and the construction is expected to take 60-90 days.

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    Default Reeves Hill Cell Tower

    I had heard recently that a group oppoosed to this structure might have filed some type of Court Complaint in an effort to stop construction. Is this true?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Turner
    I had heard recently that a group oppoosed to this structure might have filed some type of Court Complaint in an effort to stop construction. Is this true?
    I checked with the Town Administrator and learned that a group of residents represented by local attorney Ed Collins has filed a complaint against the ZBA opposing the cell tower by-law on a number of procedural grounds. It will not stop the cell company from constructing the tower while the litigation is pending. A building permit has already been issued.

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    Default Reeves Hill Cell Tower-2

    During the course of the debate over this issue, there were concerns raised over the amount of RF emissions and possible health problems that the use of cell 'phones would generate. The Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation, Bureau of Fire Control, maintains a network of 42 operation Fire Observation Towers, most of which have cell 'phone sites attached to them or in immediate proximity. As a result of concerns raised by the operators of these Towers, a study was conducted to determine if any negative effects to health would occur. It was determined that the cell 'phone transmission equipment generated minimal RF emissions, while their own radio communication facilites operatiing in the 150 MHZ range had the potential to pose more of a health concern. It's my understaning that cell 'phones operate in the 800-900 MHZ frequency range.

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    Default further status on Reeves Hill Cell Tower?

    Has anyone heard more as to when the Reeves Hill Cell Tower will be activated? It would appear to be way behind earlier completion estimates.

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    Default Status of Reeves Hill tower

    Rich, I posed your question to Town Administrator Fred Turkington.

    He said:

    NSTAR connected the power source for the equipment on the tower on December 13th and T-Mobile is operational. Sprint and Cingular expect to complete their installations within the next three weeks. Verizon has yet to agree on terms of the lease to locate on the tower. A number of residents (including Mainstone) have sent letters encouraging Verizon to locate and threatening to switch carriers. According to the contractor, Verizon is unwilling to pay the same rent as the other three carriers, despite having more than 50% of the market share in Wayland. The public safety radio equipment should be transferred in the net couple of weeks.

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    Default Tower must be operational

    The Reeves Hill tower must be operational, we saw a gradual increase in signal strength in the area around our house (Davelin Rd), and finally, we can even use our T-Mobile cell phones inside the house!

    Rich

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    Default Re: Cell Tower Status

    I took a trip to Reeves Hill recently and noted that the T-Mobile site is currently operational, as determined by the electric meter so marked on the electrical panel. The slots for the meters covering the other carriers are blank as of this writing. Also, the new Fire/Police radio antennas have been installed, and they have resulted in a marked improvement in signal quality and strength.

    Also, the new NEXTEL antenna, located behind the Sovereign Bank on the Boston Edison high-tension tower is up and running, which should help with communications for those using their units.

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    Default Latest on new cell tower

    Construction is finished for Cingular, Sprint and T Mobile. T-Mobile's tower has been live since March 1. Cingular and Sprint may already be live, and if not, should be soon. The town appears to be in final stages of lease negotiation with Verizon. Town equipment (emergency radio equipment) is moved from the old tower (which is not down yet). Plan is to remove the old tower when/if Verizon goes up.

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    Default Cingular?

    I sure hope the Cingular portion of the new cell tower is not active yet, because if it is, it made absolutely no difference in my reception near Claypit Hill. Does anyone out there know the status?

    Carl

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    Default Cingular ???

    I also have seen no improvement in my Cingular reception in the Charena Rd. area.

    Hopefully, it's not completely 'online' yet.

    Brian

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    Default Nothing new....

    Less than 2 weeks ago, I checked out the tower and confirmed the obvious. Only T-mobile has a N-Star electric meter installed.

    The other vendors looked like they're all set to go, but who knows what the hangup is. I've queried Fred Turkington, and he talked to the company responsible for the cell tower construction. Their reply indicated they really knew less than I did.

    One of Fred's replies:
    "We all share your frustration. New Cingular sued the Town for the right to install a tower, but the companies drag their feet when the opportunity comes. It will be one year this spring sine TM approved the settlement for Reeves Hill. Folks from Mainstone Farms, the BOS and others have sent emails and called prodding quicker installation. We approved an easement to expedite NSTAR's usuall process for "powering" the site in September. As a private sector entity, there is little more than jawboning we can do at this point. We'll continue our efforts and hope for an early resolution."


    I just wanted a contact at Cingular to contribute to the prodding.

    P.S. For Verizon customers, Verizon does have new-looking equipment installed there, so maybe the negotiations have already been completed. Or maybe not...

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    Default How sad

    Ken,

    Thanks for the reply. Although the news is not good, at least I have some idea of what's going on. If you do find out the name of a Cingular (AT&T?) contact that I can urge on, please post it. Maybe if enough of us poke them enough times, something positive will come out of it. It's nice to dream!

    Carl

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    Default Some Progress on Reeves Hill Tower

    For what it's worth...

    Cingular/ATT and Nextel now have NStar electric meters installed- this is a change from my 4/6/07 post.

    I don't know if either are now operational- I'm a Cingular customer, and haven't noticed any improvement. Of course, my fear is that there will be no improvement, despite being less than a mile away: my home could exist in a cell black hole!

    There was not a Verizon electric meter on the main power panel, or even an area labeled for one.

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