Telecom company VTel gets approval for rural broadband tower in Wardsboro

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WARDSBORO, Vermont — The telecommunications company VTel Wireless has won approval to build a 140-foot tower in Wardsboro that will be used to provide broadband Internet service in the mountainous area of southern Vermont.

VTel had tried to install antennas in other Wardsboro locations, including the steeple of a local church, but that project was canceled after the church backed out.

The Brattleboro Reformer ( reports the new monopole tower will be outfitted with nine panel antennas and four dish antennas, which will all be housed within a fenced gravel compound.

The Public Service Board ruled the project will be partially screened by surrounding vegetation and it "will not appear shocking or offensive to the average viewer."

VTel expects to complete construction by late spring.

Information from: Brattleboro Reformer,

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