MARLBORO -- The Vermont Public Service Board has approved an application from VTel wireless for a 140-foot monopole cell tower that will be built on the top of Hogback Mountain in Marlboro.

The cell tower is crucial link in VTel's push to deliver 4G technology to almost 2,000 households in Whitingham, Dover and Halifax.

"This will provide wireless broadband, mobile broadband and mobile voice," said Diane Guite, Vermont Telephone Company vice president of business development. "It's critical for our communications network."

VTel filed the application with the Public Service Board in December.

The Department of Public Service supported the application and there were no other comments made to the PSB about the Hogback tower.

The tower will be built at 269 Old Hogback Road, and will include nine panel antennas and three dish antennas.

The project includes an equipment cabin, a backup generator and a 500-gallon propane tank , located within a 30-50 foot fenced gravel compound.

"The project does not violate any clear written community standard intended to protect scenic resources and will not appear shocking or offensive to the average viewer," the PSB found.

"This project is very important," Guite said. "This site will reach homes and businesses which are very rural and have almost no access to service."

Guite said engineers hope to being working as soon as the ground thaws, and the company hopes to have to tower in operation by the middle of the summer.

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