Resident’s calls lead to information on tower
The Great Tower Mystery has been solved — at least partially — thanks to an inquisitive Berryville resident.
For months, Carroll County residents have been asking about the story behind the tower that was erected on the U.S. Highway 62 right of way near Das Butcher Haus just outside the Green Forest city limits. City and county officials said they didn’t know the details, and when a reporter with the Carroll County News spoke with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, no one seemed to be aware of the tower.
Michelle Jewsbury of Berryville was one of the local residents seeking information about the tower — and she kept at it until she got some answers.
“I’m not really big on mysteries,” Jewsbury said Thursday. “Actually, I am — I like solving them.”
So Jewsbury got on the phone and her calls eventually led her to the AHTD’s Doug Mears. He explained that the 120-foot tower is similar to a cell tower, pulling data from other towers and possibly preventing dropped cell phone calls. Mears said a total of eight of the towers are planned for the eight-county district he deals with, although only the one near Green Forest and another near Yellville have been erected so far.
Jewsbury shared her findings with Rob Kerby of Green Forest, who reported them first on the Facebook page “Green Forest News and Views.”
The permit holder for the tower is Mobilitie, a California-based company with international offices in Panama, Japan and the United Kingdom.
Mobilitie’s website describes the company as “a global provider of complete wireless solutions.”
“We design, build and operate networks and infrastructure to deliver optimal coverage in the most demanding and challenging of environments,” the Mobilitie website says. “From high-rise office buildings and hospitality venues to the largest sports and entertainment venues and more, we engineer robust wireless solutions that not only deliver the coverage needed today but also anticipate the needs of tomorrow. … Our complete wireless infrastructure solutions include funding, designing, building, operating and maintaining neutral host outdoor and indoor DAS networks, Small Cells, Wi-Fi networks and communication towers.”
Jewsbury was still making phone calls and asking questions on Thursday, trying to learn more.
“I want to know what it does,” she said. “I don’t know who uses it or what it does.”
Later Thursday, Jewsbury said she had received more information.
“It isn’t in operation yet,” she said. “They will basically lease it to wireless companies. It is 5g capable and is going to help with the new delivery thing that Amazon is rolling out and some kind of cars, etc.”