Montgomery County Opens Tower Database to the Public

Montgomery County announced January 4, that it is making public its database of Online Requests for Wireless Telecommunications Sitings.

“Beginning today,”  said Mitsuko Herrera, Montgomery County spokesperson for technology and special projects, “the County’s Transmission Facility Coordination Group (“TFCG,” also known as the “Tower Committee”) website, is making available to the public, online 24/365 access to over 3,100 wireless telecommunication siting applications filed by telecom providers dating back to 1996.”

Previously, the database of application information could only be reviewed in person by appointment.

Interested residents or business persons will be able to sort and filter applications by type, structure, telecom provider, and dozens of other fields. The TFCG website also has an interactive GIS mapping feature that allows search capabilities for both current and proposed telecommunication facilities, according to the press release.

“This is a natural evolution we are making, consistent with open data,” Herrera said. “The new web feature is part of the county’s move towards more transparency.”

The new data base can be found at http://montgomerycountymd.gov/towers. Click on the Tower locations link for the applications and the map link to activate the interactive GIS mapping feature.

January 12, 2018

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