Billy Adamson (left) and Adam Kiffmeyer scale a communications tower on Thursday, Jan. 7 in Nikiski, Alaska. Homer-based SPITwSPOTS was one of the telecommunications companies awarded CARES money by the Kenai Peninsula Borough as part of an effort to increase public access to the internet. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Billy Adamson (left) and Adam Kiffmeyer scale a communications tower on Thursday, Jan. 7 in Nikiski, Alaska. Homer-based SPITwSPOTS was one of the telecommunications companies awarded CARES money by the Kenai Peninsula Borough as part of an effort to increase public access to the internet. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Cell service to reach Summit Lake area

The assembly allocated between $1.2 and $2 million in CARES Act money to improve public access to the internet through tower site development and infrastructure.

Cell service is on the way for people traveling the Summit Lake area following a vote in favor of leasing land to a company looking to build a communications tower.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed legislation Tuesday that will allow Vertical Bridge Development, LLC to construct a communications tower on a 2,187-square-foot piece of borough land off the Seward Highway, near Tenderfoot Lane and Colorado Creek.

The tower will be the latest communications tower to go up in the borough.

The assembly last year allocated between $1.2 and $2 million in CARES Act money for the purpose of improving public access to the internet through tower site development and infrastructure.

In all, six towers were erected across the borough through agreements between the borough and SPITwSPOTS, Inc., an Alaska-based internet service provider out of Homer, with the last tower being completed earlier this year.

Tuesday’s assembly meeting can be viewed at kpb.legistar.com.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com.

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