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AT&T decision to halt tower plan welcomed

April 19, 2012
The Mining Journal

The recent decision by AT&T to scrap its plan to place a controversial cellphone tower near Tahquamenon Falls State Park was a good move by the company.

Opposition to the proposal to place the 400-foot tower within view of the Upper Falls on the Tahquamenon River came from several fronts.

Included were park officials, who said the tower didn't fit in with the park's management plan; a trolley and tour boat concession owner, who said the tower was visible from the company's dock; and numerous visitors to the park, many of whom visit and take photos of the iconic Upper Falls.

AT&T had planned to build the structure along the west boundary of the park on Heartwood Forest Fund land to provide better cellphone service to the relatively isolated and rural area of Luce County.

There are two other cellphone towers being installed in Luce County by the phone company and its hoped they will enhance the quality of cellphone service in the area.

Following the announcement to withdraw the proposal, an official with AT&T Michigan said the company will strive to continue to improve service for customers in the area.

In fact, the official said AT&T might revisit the tower proposal in the future if circumstances change, citing the fact that AT&T considers the site near the Upper Falls to be a good location for the structure.

With Tahquamenon Falls State Park being one of the most popular facilities in the state park system and the Upper Falls one of the most visited and photographed features of it, we hope cellphone providers can accomplish their transmission needs without having to place a signal tower next to the park.



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