AT&T completes cellphone tower near BWCA - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

AT&T completes cellphone tower near BWCA


DULUTH, Minn. (AP) -- AT and T has completed a 450-foot tall communications tower just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

AT and T spokesman Alex Carey says the tower will be operational this summer. It replaces a shorter tower and increases the availability and reliability of mobile phone service in the BWCA near Ely. Visitors within range will be able to report accidents and summon medical help.

The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness had argued the tall tower's flashing lights would harm scenic views in a federally designated wilderness. A trial court agreed, but the Minnesota Court of Appeals overturned that decision last summer, and the Minnesota Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

The group's executive director, Paul Danicic, says AT and T could have reached almost the same area with a shorter tower.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at