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Sunday, June 5, 2022

Long-awaited New Cellular Tower Goes Online in Attica:

Wireless upgrade: Long-awaited new cellular tower goes online in Attica

 By MATT SURTELmsurtel@batavianews.com

The activation of a new cellular communications tower has been welcome news after a two-and-a-half year wait in the village. The 120-foot tower is located on Exchange Street and went officially on-line this past weekend.

“This should be an excellent improvement for the village and we are extremely happy to bring this to the people of the village of Attica,” said Mayor Nathan Montford on Wednesday. “Businesses were struggling to use credit card devices due to poor internet service and with schools leaning more towards technology with regards to homework, this ought to help provide far better service to the homes of our community.”

Wireless service has been spotty in the village since a windstorm damaged the historic Williams Opera House in January 2020. A wireless transmitter is located on the building and its power supply was cut after the structure was temporarily condemned.

That resulted in slow and spotty service for village residents and businesses, along with the village and its departments. The transmitter was repowered about a month later, but the solution wasn’t perfect and people were still having problems. It’s hoped the new tower will solve any remaining issues.

“We are extremely excited to put some closure to a project that’s been a long time coming,” Montford said. “Nice to see all the time and negotiations become reality.”

The tower is from SQF LLC of Maine and Verizon Wireless of West Henrietta in Monroe County was constructed at no cost to the village. It’s located near the Attica Police Department.

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