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Tower proposal could boost broadband coverage

The Mathews County Broadband Advisory Board is on the cusp of scoring its first major win toward the goal of providing broadband to every household in the county.

In a potential deal with Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad, the tower construction company Invisible Towers is seeking to build a 250-foot to 300-foot tower on the squad’s property on Cricket Hill Road, said Jeff Beekhoo, owner of Broadband Telecom of Virginia Beach, which has contracted with the advisory board to develop a strategy for deploying broadband countywide.

The deal hinges on contracting with at least one major cellular provider to rent space on the tower, said Beekhoo, who approached Invisible Towers with the proposal, and Invisible Towers is currently in discussions with Verizon to be that provider. The deal also hinges on making sure that the tower’s location doesn’t interfere with the rescue squad’s helicopter landing site, which is located on the property, as well as on being granted a permit by the county...

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