By Norb Garrett
Thanks to San Clemente’s hilly topography, cell phone service is spotty in certain areas-none worse than in Talega. The city does have a Wireless Master Plan that not only maps existing cell coverage, but details dead zones and articulates aesthetic efforts to hide unsightly transmission towers. But there’s good news for local cell phone users as six new antennas are either being built or in the planning/building process and could be online as early as late summer.
According to Cliff Jones, an Associate Planner with the City of San Clemente, T Mobile has four area projects including one-an antenna mounted on the Santa Margarita
Water Tank on Via Belleza-that should go live this week. AT&T has received its conditional use permit for a new site at Camino Tierre Grande and Avenida Talega, while Verizon has a CUP for a site at 3000 Calle Nuevo.
“We’ve been very busy with these requests,” said Jones.
After receiving a CUP, the cell companies must submit their plans to the building department. All of the current plans should be approved and up and running by end of summer 2010.
Vol. 5, Issue 12, March 25-31, 2010