First communication tower along Blue Ridge Parkway officially operational
With the ceremonial cut of a ribbon, the 130-foot communication tower disguised as a silo on the back side of Blue Ridge Park officially became operational.
It is the first such tower the National Park Service has ever allowed to be built along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
“This is one of the few times in my career where I’m proud of myself,” Blue Ridge Towers CEO Anthony Smith said.
Smith said the company spent about two years working with the National Park Service to get the tower approved and built.
“We settled on a grain silo because if you go up and down the Parkway, you’ll see grain silos in different locations,” Smith explained.
You’ll now be able to get cell service up to 5 miles away from the tower along the Parkway if your cellphone company installs its equipment on the tower.
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