Cellphone signal coverage in the southern portion of Trigg County continues to expand. An AT&T application for the construction of a cell tower was unanimously approved Tuesday night by the Cadiz-Trigg County Planning Commission. It is the second tower to be approved by the commission in as many months.
The tower is to be built on a leased parcel of land near Potts Creek, owned by James R. McAtee, approximately three miles west of the Trigg-Christian County line. Keith Brown, of Pike Legal Group and attorney for AT&T, notes the proximity of the tower to the nearest resident–1,521 feet.
There exists a gap in coverage in that area, according to Brown, and a petition calling for greater cellular coverage in two underserved areas of Trigg circulated last summer. Southern Trigg was one of those areas.
Citing a Federal Communication Commission study, Brown says 70 percent of all 9-1-1 calls are made via cellphones. He adds FirstNet, a broadband network for first responders, would also be expanded with another tower.
The commission voted to approve a prior AT&T cell tower application for southern Trigg last November, much to the discontent of some nearby residents. However, there were no public comments opposing this latest tower.
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