Rye Voters Approve Controversial New Cell Tower | New Hampshire Public Radio

Rye Voters Approve Controversial New Cell Tower

Mar 13, 2019

A rendering of the proposed Verizon cell tower in Rye
Credit Courtesy Verizon/Town of Rye

Town meeting voters in Rye last night approved a controversial plan to build a new cell tower near the coast.

Developer Verizon says the 125-foot tower, built to look like a tree, will help fix dead spots in town and improve coverage overall. Opponents say the site of the tower is too close to people's homes.

After initial backlash, the project was moved about half a mile into a more wooded but still populated area.

Voters at town meeting approved the lease for the new tower site. They also voted to have the town write a comprehensive plan on how best to improve local telecommunications infrastructure.