Cell towers causing outrage, Mayor asks AT&T to suspend future deployment

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AT&T Cell Towers is causing an outrage for residents because some of them are placed directly in front their houses. Residents said they are afraid the towers will “devalue property.”

Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome was quick to respond shortly after complaints came through.

She released a statement saying:

“Due to the concern expressed by residents regarding AT&T’s small cell towers, I have requested that AT&T temporarily suspend construction of the towers. AT&T is in the process of developing a communications process to make property owners aware of investment plans in the community that may involve the public right-of-way adjacent to their properties. In an effort to improve connectivity in Baton Rouge, AT&T has complied with the site approvals process established by the adopted City-Parish ordinance and has worked with property owners who have reached out with their specific concerns.

AT&T has no plans for additional residential locations at this time and will resume deployment efforts once they have an opportunity to answer additional questions from the community. The Federation of Civic Association is holding a special meeting this evening to discuss small cell towers and options available to address the issues of aesthetics, property values, and the health, safety, and welfare of residents.

AT&T also issued a response, saying:

“We are proud of the work we are doing to keep Baton Rouge connected. Many of the men and women who work for AT&T also call Baton Rouge home, and we appreciate the opportunity to work with Mayor Broome, with community stakeholders, and with our neighbors to bring improved connectivity to the community while helping spur economic growth and job creation.”

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