Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 4, 2014

Tazewell board discussing possibility for more 4G service

TAZEWELL, Va. — A public meeting scheduled Tuesday before the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors focused on whether to grant a utility company permission to install Internet cables in Tazewell County’s western district.

A goal behind seeking easements over some properties is to bring more 4G Internet service to Tazewell County, County Administrator Jim Spencer said prior to the meeting. The properties in question are mostly in the western end of the county in the Claypool Hill area.

“What this mean is that under the (Virginia Code), the Bristol Virginia Utilities can condemn for right of way, but they need to do so in the county’s name with the county’s permission,” said County Attorney Eric Young. “What they’re doing is hanging their lines on AEP and American Electric Power poles.”

The purpose of the easements is to upgrade existing wireless communication towers and construct one additional fiber optic cable on existing AEP, Old Dominion Power and Version poles, according to the supervisors’ Tuesday agenda.

“I believe they’ve extended into the Richlands area, and these (properties) are where they could not get the property owners to agree for whatever reason,” Young said.

The power poles already exist on the areas being considered for the upgrades, he said.

The properties belong to seven different owners.

Whether the easements will be granted is up to the board of supervisors, Young said.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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