Monday, June 29, 2015

City of GJ, Mesa County join forces to study cell service

Not long ago, cell phones were used simply to make a phone call when away from home or work.

Now, however, smart phones and tablets are utilized in much broader ways: texting, shopping, finding a restaurant, getting driving directions, banking, using social media and more.

While wireless connectivity has become an everyday necessity for many families and businesses, it is also critical for police and fire departments.

That’s why communities across the country have begun preparing Wireless Master Plans, to help guild the development and construction of wireless infrastructure.

The City of Grand Junction and Mesa County are working together on a plan for Mesa County. A kick-off meeting open to the public is planned for June 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the auditorium at City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St.

A comprehensive approach to wireless development in Mesa County will help align the needs of wireless broadband service providers with government and community objectives. This should allow for infrastructure planning and development that will accommodate multiple providers, improve public safety and help attract and retain residents and businesses.

The kickoff meeting will provide constituents with the necessary information to participate in the plan’s development. The session will be streamed live on the city's website and also will be recorded for viewing at a later time.

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