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Planned utility poles to boost wireless service

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Greenwood residents will start noticing new street-side utility poles this summer in areas including the Valle Vista neighborhood, if the city gives the project a final approval today.

Fibertech, of Rochester, New York, will install 10 utility poles throughout the city for Verizon, which will allow customers to use its fastest 4G LTE Internet service on their cellphones.

Four of the 45-foot poles will go in the Valle Vista neighborhood and will be designed to look like streetlights rather than utility poles. They will be made of metal rather than wood and have a white device on top that will serve as an antenna.

Other utility poles will be installed, one each, at Smith Valley Road and Polk Street, Smith Valley Road and Restin Road, Stop 18 Road and Industrial Drive, and Stop 18 Road and Profit Street. Two more will be installed in the Pushville Road and Endress Place area. They will look like typical, wooden utility poles.

Fibertech also will string its fiber line on existing poles along Smith Valley Road, State Road 135, U.S. 31, Stop 18 Road, Profit Drive, Providence Drive and North County Road 75W.

If Fibertech gets permission from the city, the company will have the freedom to construct, maintain and operate fiber-optic telecommunications equipment on city property alongside public streets.

The company will start installing poles and fiber line within about two weeks, if it gets approval today.

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