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Breckenridge may get temporary AT&T cell phone tower to boost service

ROBERT ALLENsummit daily news
Special to the DailyThe proposed temporary tower is to provide supplemental service for up to six months while a location for a permanent tower is found.
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BRECKENRIDGE – AT&T customers frustrated with their cell phone service in Breckenridge may be making more calls if a proposed temporary tower is installed at the former Colorado Mountain College parking lot on Harris Street. “Between Christmas and New Year’s I couldn’t call out. I wasn’t getting calls at all. I’d get a phone call that I’d missed – all day would go by – and all the sudden I see I have a voicemail and it was from the morning,” said Dave Rossi, Breckenridge Town Councilman and AT&T customer.The proposed temporary tower, known as a “COW” or “cell-on-wheels” is to provide supplemental service for up to six months while a location for a permanent tower is found. The apparatus includes a trailer with electrical and mechanical equipment and would be 35 feet tall.AT&T has recently received many complaints about local cell phone service, according to a town staff memo. The proposed tower would sit at the northwest corner of the south parking lot at the former CMC campus at 103 S. Harris Street. The CMC building is used by the Speakeasy Theater, CMC ceramics and dance classes and private yoga classes. Its parking lot is usually at less than 25 percent occupancy, according to the town memo. The Breckenridge Planning Commission is expected to decide whether to use the tower at its Tuesday night meeting.A permanent tower location hasn’t been identified, but it could be placed on one of the town’s taller buildings, such as Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center, according to the staff memo. Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.Corrects earlier version that said tower would take up 50 parking spaces.


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