Since 2018, AT&T Mid-Atlantic has planned to improve coverage for Loudoun County’s (VA) residents, businesses, and public safety workers. Within a few weeks, the carrier will propose a 125-foot monopole on land it owns atop Short Hill Mountain, which will address some concerns outlined in the county’s “Third-Gap Analysis,” reported The Loudoun Times.
“As we’ve seen in the last couple of months, in particular, this migration from office park to home office, from school to home, from the doctor’s office to telemedicine has really shown how important mobile broadband coverage is in western Loudoun County and across the country,” said Dan Langan, public affairs director for AT&T Mid-Atlantic. “We think that this site will certainly fill those gaps and ensure that customers have access to the service they need.”
The proposed tower will have at least two spots to enable co-location and prepare for 5G technology. According to AT&T, if approved, the tower will “support first responders and small and family-owned businesses.”
Although there is opposition by some community members, AT&T is expected to file a special exception application soon. Then, the county staff, Planning Commission, and Board of Supervisors, which makes the final decision, will review.