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Poll Shows Strong Support For Another Cell Tower In Ridgefield

Ridgefield residents have been calling for improvements in cellphone service, which would require a new cell tower in the northern end of town.
Ridgefield residents have been calling for improvements in cellphone service, which would require a new cell tower in the northern end of town. Photo Credit: File

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- As Ridgefield considers a cellphone tower for a site off Old Stagecoach Road, residents weighing in on a poll by The Daily Voice last week overwhelmingly expressed their desire for better cellphone service.

Here is how readers voted in a nonscientific poll asking what they thought of cellphone service in Ridgefield:

  • It's great, we don't need another cell tower: 9 percent
  • It's pretty poor, but I don't want to see another cell tower in town: 7 percent
  • It's good enough for a rural town: 5 percent
  • It's really poor, we can't build more cell towers fast enough: 71 percent
  • Cellphone service doesn't matter. We need to preserve open space: 8 percent

The applicants seeking to build the tower are Homeland Towers and New Cingular Wireless. The plan is being considered by the town Planning and Zoning Commission. It must also be approved by the State Siting Council.

Ridgefield residents have long demanded improvements in the town's cell service, especially in the northern and western areas of town. The outcry increased after virtually all of Ridgefield was left without power after Hurricane Sandy struck a year ago.

But VoterResident1 posted objections to the proposal in a posting on The Daily Voice poll. The reader's objections include:

  • Placing a cellphone tower in a purely residential neighborhood;
  • Sacrificing the cultural and historic legacy of the town by erecting a cell tower adjacent to a Revolutionary War site;
  • Possibly losing home values near a cell tower; and
  • Possibly causing a costly legal battle over the proposal.

What do you think about cellphone service in Ridgefield? Leave a comment below.

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