New cell tower to be built in Marquette Co.

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As wireless communication demands continue to increase, some parts of the U.P. are struggling to keep up. However, one Marquette County community has a plan.

with an increase in the number of wireless devices people use nowadays, the upper peninsula is in need of new cell towers.

“It’s really a benefit to those who need 911 services or the capability to get a hold of somebody,” said Jason McCarthy, with Marquette Township. “So we’re pleased that we’re able to expand our cellular service in the community.”

The Marquette Township Planning Commission approved a new 175 foot wireless transmission tower to be built at Marquette Mountain.

“AT&T has to have permission from the land owner, and then it has to go through a zoning process,” explained McCarthy. “In all zoning districts in the township, wireless facilities are only permitted by a special use permit.”

The tower will be in Sands Township, which has an Act 425 agreement with Marquette Township. “The geographic location is within the political boundary of Sands Township, and the township has an agreement with Sands Township to perform all zoning duties in that particular area as a result of the 425 agreement,” said McCarthy.

The new cell tower will allow residents, motorists and even boaters with AT&T to have wireless services, fewer dropped calls and a better connection.

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