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

On October 18, 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 telecommunications facility located at 3049 Quarterline Road in Rutland, Vermont. Petition at Section B.

2. The Project involves the installation of nine panel antennas, of varying sizes, and three dish antennas, two measuring 2' in diameter and one measuring 4' in diameter, all mounted at a centerline height of 73' on the existing 182' lattice tower. The Project also incudes the installation of an approximately 28" by 51" by 77" equipment cabinet on a new 10' by 10' concrete pad within the existing equipment compound, and associated cabling and ancillary equipment. Petition at Sections B and B2.

3. The antennas will not extend vertically above the existing tower, and will extend a maximum of 10' horizontally from the existing tower. The aggregate surface area of the faces of the antennas to be attached to the tower is approximately 72 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 as the equipment will be installed within the existing gravel compound. 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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