911 Upgrades Require $200,000


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The Northumberland County Commissioners in Pennsylvania voted last week to approve the payment of $200,000 for enhancements made to four tower sites. These four towers failed a structural analysis because they were unable to hold the weight of additional antennas required to improve the communications system, according to the News Item. These upgrades are part of the federally mandated program that provides improved 911 services for the entire country. Originally the project was expected for cost $8.5 million, but due to additional costs for generators, shelters for equipment, installation, and tower work the project could end up costing $9.2 million. The system should be up and running by the second quarter of 2015. There were a few delays as AT&T, who owned four the towers in the county, sold them to Crown Castle.

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