T-Mobile plans to build a 120-foot tower in Oak Brook, IL that officials say will considerably improve voice and data service, reported the Chicago Tribune.
According to Jim Fox, Oak Brook’s information technology director, ownership of the tower will be turned over to Oak Brook upon its completion, and the village could generate about $100,000 annually in leasing space to cellular carriers, with both AT&T and Verizon already expressing interest in co-locating on the tower.
Regarding tower siting, Lauren Neill, senior siting advocacy manager for T-Mobile noted, “Because it’s in a residential area, we think it’s a great spot for it. There is a significant gap in the middle of the village.” Neill expects the volume of calls and other cellular service to continue to increase. “There’s also been talk about 5G, which we don’t have, yet, but this new tower will also help to prepare for the future,” she said.
As a next step, Village staff recommended including the project on the March 13 Village Board meeting agenda, to be referred to the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals for further consideration.
March 7, 2018