Questionable: Why isn’t the cell tower lit?
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“I am curious whether or not the new cell tower located in the Courtney Street parking lot is required to be lit at night due to its height. I have never noticed any light at the top. It was originally lit from two sides on the bottom with beams pointing upward, but one of those lights went out within just a few days, was replaced, and went out again shortly after. The second light went out sometime after the first one was replaced twice, so now there are no lights on for the last week or so.”
– Mike, Rhinelander
The Star Journal asked Jim Greer, a senior public relations consultant with AT&T, the owner of the monopole tower. Greer responded:
“Communication towers over 200 feet in height require Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) marking and/or lighting. For towers less than 200 feet, like the new tower in Rhinelander, which is a 152-foot flagpole-style tower, lighting and marking are submitted to the FAA for evaluation, and then lit or marked according to their determination. This particular tower was submitted to the FAA, and they stated that “Based on this evaluation, marking and lighting are not necessary for aviation safety.”
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