The Rise of 4G
New communications tower reaches 160 feet
A crane from Raveling Crane Rental hoisted the second of three sets of antennae atop a 160-foot monopole tower Monday near the Carroll County Courthouse. The tower arrived Monday morning, and by 1 p.m. workers had three sections of the tower bolted together and the antenna assembly for cell phone service in place.
Jimmy Vilendrer, a tower technician from Inco, works at the top of a 160-foot tower erected next to the Carroll County Courthouse Monday. Vilendrer and co-worker Corey Hagman helped bolt together the three sections of the free standing tower before attaching three sets of antennae that will be used to send and receive cellphone signal. The tower will also hold the communication equipment used by the county’s sheriff and EMS agencies and Carroll Police Department. Viledrer works on towers that rise more than 500 feet and said, “Being up there is like being down here. The only bad thing is having to climb the tower.”
Carroll County supervisors have approved a deal with Verizon Communications for construction of the new communications tower at the courthouse that will bring a total of $587,428 in lease payments to the county over the next 35 years from Verizon alone.
What’s more, Verizon is building the tower, at an estimated cost of $150,000, and deeding ownership to the county with no exclusivity rights, meaning the county can use space for its own communications equipment and lease to other Internet, phone and service providers who may be in competition with Verizon.
The tower is located northeast of the existing tower on the east side of the courthouse.
For Verizon customers, the local infrastructure developments will mean better coverage in and near Carroll. Company representatives say Verizon could have 4G (fourth-generation technology) service in Carroll by the end of the year — an upgrade to the existing 3G smartphone service. Bottom line: faster speed on many smartphone functions.
“If you like to surf the Web and especially stream video, 4G can be heaven,” reports PCMag.com. “If you connect a laptop to your mobile link, 4G makes a huge difference. In general, anything involving transferring large amounts of data gets a big boost from 4G.”
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