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Petition of VTel Wireless, Inc.

State of Vermont, Public Service Board

November 6, 2013

Petition of VTel Wireless, Inc., for a certificate of public good, pursuant to 30 V.S.A. § 248a, for the installation of telecommunications equipment in Rutland, Vermont

I. Introduction

In this Order, the Vermont Public Service Board ("Board") approves the petition filed on September 26, 2013, by VTel Wireless, Inc. (the "Petitioner"), pursuant to 30 V.S.A. § 248a, and the Board's Amended Standards and Procedures Order ("Procedures Order"), [1] and grants the Petitioner a certificate of public good ("CPG") authorizing the installation of communications equipment on a building located in Rutland, Vermont (the "Project").

II. Background

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 modifications to an existing structure. The Petitioner is seeking approval for the Project as de minimis modifications to the existing structure, pursuant to § 248a(b)(2).

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 petition without additional hearings or investigation.

No other comments or requests for hearing regarding the petition have been filed with the Board.

The Board has determined that the petition and prefiled testimony have effectively addressed the applicable 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.

III. Findings

1. The Project involves modifications to an existing building located at 128 Merchants Row in Rutland, Vermont. Petition at Section B.

2. The Project involves the installation of nine panel antennas, of varying sizes, and three dish antennas to be mounted on the roof and on the walls of the building. The Project also involves the installation of a 28" by 51" by 57" equipment cabinet on a steel platform on the roof of the building, along with associated cabling and ancillary equipment. Petition at Sections B and B2.

3. The antennas will extend approximately 3' horizontally from the building. The antennas will extend approximately 10' from the roof of the building, but will not extend above the topmost portion of the building. The aggregate surface area of the faces of the antennas to be attached to the tower is approximately 74 square feet. Petition at Section B.

4. The Project, excluding equipment, antennas, or ancillary improvements, does not increase the height or width of the existing facility. The Project will not increase the amount of impervious surface at the existing facility site. Findings No. 2 and 3, above, and Petition at Section B.

IV. Discussion and Conclusion

Pursuant to 30 V.S.A. ยง 248a(b)(2), de minimis ...

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