Case Study: Bluemont, Historic District (Grain Elevator)

Provided access to 21st century communication technology while blending with the existing surroundings and enhancing the community’s visual aesthetics.

Challenges

  • Several wireless carriers had attempted to locate and zone a tower in a rural area nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Invisible Towers, a subsidiary of InSite Wireless Group, had to devise a technically viable solution while collaborating with the local community toward an aesthetically pleasing and acceptable installation.
  • The ideal site was an abandoned, century-old grain mill located at the western terminus of the W&OD rail line. Since it was a key structure contributing to the character and makeup of the Historical District, we had to to develop and install a Park Service historical sign.
  • Success on this project required collaboration between Invisible Towers and the FCC, State Historic Preservation Office, and Loudoun County.
  • A lack of fiber availability in Bluemont and surrounding area was limiting the quality and speed of broadband Internet service. To improve the quality of service, Invisible Towers:
    • Developed and constructed open fiber that supports carriers, the community, and local wireless Internet service provider and
    • Significantly improved Internet services in Bluemont and the surrounding areas.
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