Birmingham OKs new broadband antennas

Wireless broadband service could be improving along the
Route 202 corridor sometime soon. Birmingham Township supervisors granted
conditional use approval for new dishes and antennas on an already existing
tower at 1335 Wilmington Pike.

The two new microwave dishes and three panel antennas will
belong to Clear Wire, the broadband division of Sprint Nextel.

Supervisors’ approval gives Clear Wire the go ahead to add
the equipment to the tower on the Stoltzfus property, a tower that already
holds radio telephone equipment for Chester County, Sprint, Verizon, Cricket
and Metro PCS.

Additionally, there is space on the tower earmarked for
township radio equipment.

The Dec. 7 conditional use hearing was a continuance from
Nov. 2 when supervisors questioned the structural integrity of the tower with
the five new pieces of equipment for Clear as well as the future township
antenna.

Robert Cronin, the attorney representing Clear in the
application, had an engineer testify that the tower was structurally sound.

Also testifying was project manager Kate Relp who said Clear
wants to install the new dishes and antennas to improve it’s coverage area and
to link with other parts of the system.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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