AT&T set to install new cell antennas in Frisco, improving cell service across town
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the timeline for installation and to add additional details about the contract.
Frisco residents who use AT&T soon will have improved cell service thanks to the council’s unanimous approval of a lease agreement made between the company and the town.
At a Frisco Town Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12, all of the council’s seven members except for Melissa Sherburne, who was absent from the meeting, approved of the lease agreement, which allows AT&T to install four new antennas on buildings in town.
Two of the antennas will be placed on the public works building on School Road, and the two other antennas will be placed at the Summit Fire & EMS station on South Eighth Avenue. The antennas are expected to take some pressure off the larger macro tower on Dillon Dam Road, according to the town.
The goal is for the antennas to improve cell service in Frisco, which residents have been struggling with for years. The four antennas are able to carry 1,600 mobile actions at once, which includes text messages, phone calls and streaming.
The council members approved the agreement on its second reading with little discussion.
Frisco already has issued building permits for the antennas at both locations. The installation timelines are dependent on AT&T, but Frisco’s Communication Director Vanessa Agee said the company has fast-tracked the project. AT&T didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the installation timeline.
There is no cost to the town for the installation. The lease agreement ends at the end of 2025 but can be automatically extended for two additional five-year terms unless either the town or AT&T decides to end it. After the first six months of the agreement, AT&T is required to pay $900 in rent for the first five years, after which rent payments will increase 10% every five years for the two additional terms.
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