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APA pleased with cell phone progress

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The Adirondack Park Agency says it's pleased with work performed so far by cell phone service providers on a series of new towers along the Adirondack Northway. Martha Foley has more.

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6-17-09 APA pleased with cell progress

APA planner Skip Outcalt said there have been at least nine sites developed along the Northway in the last year or so. He said that's improved coverage "tremendously" along that corridor. He said the new towers look pretty much the way they're supposed to, and that, generally speaking, the agency is "very satisfied with the way things have come out."

APA staff has worked with Verizon and other providers to paint the Northway towers darker to blend in with the surrounding landscape. Plastic needles are also being put on the cell panels of at least one Northway tower for better camoflage.

Meanwhile, Outcalt said the APA has its hands full with more than a dozen pending applications for telecommunications projects around the park. 

The APA is currently reviewing a total of 15 applications for telecommunications projects. AT&T has also applied for a general permit from the park agency. Two tower projects will likely be on the park agency's July agenda - applications from Verizon and T-Mobile to build cells towers adjacent to the northbound High Peaks Rest Area.

So, Outcalt said, "the coverage is going to improve this year and we expect it to improve each year as we go forward in the next several years."

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