Letter: Cell tower — it’s big

Like most county residents, we are eager to have faster Internet service. That said, we were surprised on Saturday morning to see the height of the proposed cell tower on Woodward Road. As most readers know, AT&T is proposing a 199-foot cell tower in Sperryville, and the company raised a test balloon last Saturday to show its height.

The proposed tower is enormous. Actually seeing the height of the balloon from Woodward Road convinced us that a tower would be incompatible with the rural landscape and scenic views. It would be visible as you enter Sperryville from Warrenton, Culpeper and Luray, in stark contrast to the Shenandoah National Park’s skyline. And on Woodward Road it would be a giant utility looming over the otherwise pristine countryside.

Yes, we want better Internet and cell service, but at what cost?

A 199-foot monopole in Sperryville is not the only option for our citizens or for AT&T. Neighboring counties have developed policies that create predictability for cell phone companies while protecting scenic landscapes. Can’t we do the same thing here in Rappahannock?

Kate and Jeb Wofford

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