Picture of the day -
November 20, 2005
A Hilltop Cell Tower
In case you haven't noticed, they're everywhere. Rural hilltops, city parks and
tall buildings, even water towers now hold cell phone towers. If you use a
cell phone you're happy to have them around, but even cellular customers who are
constantly on their phones hate to see the landscape marred so much by them.
If you travel along I-77 through West Virginia you'll see them on virtually every
mountain top, and even the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, considered by many to
be some of the most beautiful country in the world is full of them. Yes, it
seems like they are everywhere you look!
During a recent trip to Roanoke, VA, my wife and I noticed the huge number of
towers that have been erected along I-81 in scenic southwestern Virginia. Across
every hill and around every turn we could see at least one cell tower, and often
several of them. In one spot we actually saw four of them at the same time!
I understand that the cellular phone companies have to make sure their customers
have a useable signal, but it seems to me they could "team up" and place several
antennas on one tower. Perhaps there is a technical reason why this isn't
feasible, but surely they can come up with a solution.
Don't get me wrong - I love my cell phone as much as the next guy and I think
everybody should have one, but surely the cell phone providers can come up with
a more aesthetic way of building and placing their towers.
Picture Of The Day Homepage | Submit