Photos: Sperryville, high school cell tower balloon tests

Rappahannock News Staff Photo/Roger Piantadosi.

Since the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors last week approved the first, in Boston, of five proposed AT&T cell service monopoles, there’s been much talk about cell towers’ impact on the county’s long-protected scenic values and safe roads — and much of that can be found in this week’s edition. (Meanwhile, the county planning commission meeting at which AT&T’s Sperryville and high school tower proposals will be considered is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the Rappahannock County High School auditorium — not the usual courthouse meeting place.)

The top photo here was taken during Saturday’s balloon test; the balloon, just visible at the tip of the arrow, indicates the top of the proposed 199-foot monopole off Woodward Road.

Rappahannock News Staff Photo/Roger Piantadosi

The bottom photo was taken from the westbound shoulder of U.S. 211 just east of the Union First Market Bank, looking west toward the high school The red balloon, indicating the top of the proposed tower, is inside the white circle.

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Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.


  1. Daphne,

    Your argument would make sense if indeed cell phone service was safe, secure, and reliable.

    It is not, and it will not begin to cover our county with an alternative to landlines. You have bought into a big ugly white elephant!

    Ben Jones

  2. To the editor,
    For years, I’ve accepted the loss of cell phone reception in Rappahannock County, and I’ve been content with using the land line at home. But no more.
    The cost/benefit ratio is out of whack. I want an alternative to the poor phone service and non-existent customer service of Century Link.
    Yes, I care about preserving the county’s scenic beauty, but it ranks second to safe, secure and reliable communication. If monopoles are the only option to settling for Century Link as my sole source provider of telephone communication, then please, Board of Supervisors, approve the rest of those poles.

    Daphne Hutchinson
    Washington, VA

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