Verizon Wins Approval

City to issue permit for 50-foot pole

By Jeff Simms

The Beacon City Council on July 15 approved a request from Verizon Wireless to erect a 50-foot utility pole on private property on Howland Avenue.

The company will install a “small-cell” wireless antenna, the first of a half-dozen or more it has planned for the city. The less powerful but higher-frequency facilities are expected to replace Verizon’s aging cell tower atop Mount Beacon.

The council debated the plan with Verizon for months but under federal law that regulates utilities was only able to consider limited aesthetic regulations.