Craig will soon be making the step up from cellular service to digital service, and it shouldn't be too long before it's available.
UBET Communications, from Roosevelt, Utah, has gained the approval of the Moffat County Planning Commission to raise a 100-foot monopole tower to provide digital service to the area.
The company was granted a conditional use permit for the lot at 20 Ranney St. Planning Director Sue Gralen said the light-industrial zoned lot is compatible with UBET's proposal.
"We're making sure we are in compliance with any requirements you have," said Jeff Goodrich, construction supervisor for UBET. "This lot is more favorable to us because it is closer to the fiber coming into town; it's more cost effective for us to be closer to our bandwidth."
UBET has purchased bandwidth on the fiber being brought into Craig by NC Telecom, Goodrich said. The long range plans of UBET could be to erect three towers in the area for expanded coverage, but the company would have to determine those possibilities after demand was established.
The tower would have chemical grounds, surge protectors, and additional grounding systems would make the tower low-risk for lightning, Goodrich said.
"We employ the best surge and grounding systems on the market, and the tower is designed to have low resistance, getting the lightning dissipated, and into the ground," Goodrich said.
UBET officials hope to have the tower up and running by fall at the earliest, said Allen Bennion, UBET cellular sales, service and marketing agent.
"There will be immediate service in the area for our digital customers, and roaming digital customers," Bennion said. "Possibly by next spring or early summer, we'll have a shop here to offer PCS digital systems to consumers in Craig."
In other business, the Planning Commission tabled a decision on the Schukar Minor Subdivision proposal, which is off Moffat County Road 7. Several neighbors have issues with the proposal, and the Commission decided that a site visit was necessary before making a decision.
They will visit the area on May 24.
The commission will also research some other issues surrounding the subdivision, such as the legality of placing a private road over a water line easement, what the original intent was in respect to plot size for the area, and the feasibility of higher traffic on the private roads for the area.
A decision is expected at the June 5 Planning Commission meeting.