A towering metal structure nearly 20 stories high has been erected at the west edge of Lovell on leased land along Hwy. 14A by Verizon Communications Inc. “to enhance its service,” stated Bob Kelley, a company spokesman based in Denver.
The 195-foot-high cell site tower, the tallest such construction on the valley floor, is situated on “a small lot” leased to Verizon by Lovell residents Bob and Ann Baird. The lease arrangement is for five-year increments, said Bob Baird, that began in July. The site is in-between the Western Sugar Co. plant and the Good to Go Exxon station.
“It’s a free-standing tower that’s part of our continuing investment in Wyoming,” said Kelley. The intent is to provide high-speed cellular phone and Internet service for customers in the greater Lovell and Byron areas, he added. Around mid-September the project was activated with voice and 3G-LTE (Long Term Evolution) service, and soon it will incorporate 4G-LTE, which is the industry gold standard for wireless communcations of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals.
The contractor for the Erector Set appearing tower and the cost of construction are not available, Kelley said, because the “company does not release that kind of information.”
The tower’s standing in the community as the tallest such structure is agreed upon by the Western Sugar Co. and Big Horn Fire District 1. Western’s bins, though imposing in height, are approximately 15 feet shorter than the Verizon tower. And the fire district’s antenna atop the station is not nearly as tall, although an exact figure was not available.
by Bob Rodriguez