Petition of New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC, d/b/a AT&T Mobility ("AT&T"), for a certificate of public good, pursuant to 30 V.S.A. § 248a, for the installation of telecommunications equipment in Lowell, Vermont
In this Order, the Vermont Public Service Board ("Board") approves the application filed on September 26, 2013, by New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC, d/b/a AT&T Mobility (the Petitioner"), pursuant to 30 V.S.A. § 248a, and the Board's Amended Standards and Procedures Order ("Procedures Order"),  and grants the Petitioner a certificate of public good ("CPG") authorizing the installation of a new wireless telecommunications facility in Lowell, Vermont (the "Project").
This case involves a petition and prefiled testimony filed by the Petitioner requesting that the Board issue a CPG, pursuant to 30 V.S.A. § 248a, authorizing the installation of a new telecommunications facility.
On October 17, 2013, the Vermont Department of Public Service ("Department") filed a letter with the Board recommending that the Board issue an order approving the Project without further hearings or investigation.
No other comments or requests for hearing regarding the Project have been filed with the Board.
The Board has determined that the petition and prefiled testimony have effectively addressed the substantive criteria of 30 V.S.A. § 248a. Consequently, we find that the procedure authorized by § 248a is sufficient to satisfy the public interest, and no hearings are required.
1. The Project involves the installation of a new wireless telecommunications facility in Lowell, Vermont. The objective of the project is to expand and enhance wireless communications in the town and surrounding area. Exhs. 6B-1 and 4.
2. The Project is to be located on property leased by the Petitioner at 830 Bousquet Road in Lowell, Vermont. Exh. 6B-1.
3. The Project involves the installation of a new monopole tower with antennas, equipment shelter, generator, and associated operating and ancillary equipment within a new fenced compound on property owned by the Petitioner. The Project also includes the construction of an access road and running above-ground utilities from an existing pole to the compound. Exh. 6B-1.
4. The tower will be 130' tall and will support twelve panel antennas, each measuring approximately 96" by 12" by 7", mounted at centerline height of 126' on the tower. The equipment shelter will be approximately 11' by 12'. The diesel-fueled backup generator with a self-contained fuel source will be mounted on a new 4' by 8' concrete pad. The facility will be located within a 30' by 85' gravel compound surrounded by an 8' high chain-link fence. The Project also includes the construction of an approximately 12' wide by 1500' long access road extending from an existing driveway to the compound, and a parking and turnaround area. The total amount of earth disturbance for the Project will be approximately 42, 350 square feet. Exh. 6B-1.
State Telecommunications Policy
[30 V.S.A. § 248a(a)]
5. The Project is consistent with the goal of directing the benefits of improved telecommunications technology to all Vermonters pursuant to 30 V.S.A. § 202c(b). The Project will provide new service and improve existing wireless telecommunications service in this area. Exhs. 6B-1 and 4.
Aesthetics, Historic Sites, Air and Water Purity, the Natural Environment, and Public Health and Safety
[30 V.S.A. § 248a(c)(1)]
6. The Project will not have an undue adverse effect on aesthetics, historic sites, air and water purity, the natural environment, and the public health and safety. This finding is supported by findings 7 through 26, below.
Public Health and Safety