AT&T set to join Arkville tower

By Joe Moskowitz
AT&T, America’s second largest wireless phone provider is about to become the second company to go on air in the Margaretville and Arkville areas.

AT&T spokesperson Ellen Webner told the Catskill Mountain News that service should begin by the end of July. Work on the site began Thursday, May 23. The antennas will share a tower owned by SBA communications of Boca Raton, FL. Verizon began providing cell and mobile Internet service from the tower, located above county Road 38 in Arkville, over the winter.

Verizon is the nation’s largest carrier, and by having both Verizon and AT&T, cell phone users of many other companies will also be able to get service. None of the pre-paid cell companies have their own networks. They rent airtime from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. With AT&T and Verizon providing service, Consumer Cellular, Jitterbug, Page Plus, Straight Talk, Net10, and most TracFones will work in the Margaretville-Arkville area.

An SBA spokesman said he couldn’t comment on whether Sprint and T-Mobile might lease space on the tower. A Sprint spokesman said his company was interested in this area. The News unable to get a comment from anyone at T-Mobile.