This tower is a part of the County's Wireless Broadband system, said Mark Knudsen, Ottawa County planning director.
“The tower was constructed by the county to provide service to one of the few remaining underserved areas,” he said.
In May 2011, the department constructed the tower, which is located near Johnson Street and 120th Avenue. It is near the new M-231 Bypass route.
According to Knudsen, AT&T has gone live with their tower equipment, and Verizon will go live in the not-too-distant future. The towers contain both wireless and high-speed data capabilities.
“These were for areas where the private sector didn’t come in and provide service,” Knudsen said.
According to Knudsen, the tower is one of several provided by the county for the wireless project. He said that there are also plans to add a tower in Spring Lake along the lakeshore.
Travis Shields, who fueled up Tuesday at the Marathon Gas Station on Lincoln Street and 128th Avenue, said he looks forward to the improved wireless service.
“I am in this area frequently for work and would welcome improved reception,” he said. “I hope that more rural areas are improved.”
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