AT&T has submitted a proposal to Joliet Junior College in Illinois to build a 125-foot cell tower on the campus grounds. Rex Robinson reported for The Times Weekly that, “AT&T needs the tower due to high demand for wireless services as more and more people are using their cell phones to access the Internet. There also is a high demand from Joliet Junior College due to the number of students using cell phones,” Bob Stapleton a spokesman for the National Wireless Ventures explained.
AT&T will be looking to construct approximately 12 new cell towers in the Joliet and Plainfield area in the coming year to boost coverage for customers. “The cell tower, if approved by the JJC board, would mean revenue totaling $10,000 annually for the college, JJC officials said,” Robinson reported. AT&T would incur all the costs in building the cell tower as well as the cost for setting up the equipment. AT&T may also allow up to three other wireless carriers lease tower space and add their antennas to the tower.