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New tower in Woodstock to speed Internet service

WOODSTOCK – A new, 120-foot tower behind Stan’s Office Technologies will allow the business to provide a faster and more reliable Internet connection, the company said.

The tower will transmit signals directly to the city’s tower in Emricson Park. Stan’s uses the city’s tower in exchange for providing city departments with free Internet and email service, Planning and Zoning Administrator Jim Kastner said.

The new tower allows the company to shoot a clearer signal between the towers, said Tony Steadman, of Stan’s.

“Primarily what we’re trying to accomplish is to deliver more bandwidth to our other tower sites,” Steadman said.

Construction crews finished the tower last week, and the company plans to put it in use within the next 30 days.

The City Council granted the business a special-use permit for it in November – a requirement for any tower or antenna above 100 feet in a commercial zoning district.

Opened in 1960, Stan’s started as a business selling and servicing adding machines, cash registers and typewriters. Today, the company provides a variety of technology services, including network design and file server upgrades, and laser printer and copier repair, according to the company’s website,

The company also provides Internet service to an area in about a five-mile radius of Woodstock. Those customers will receive an upgrade in service when the new tower is up and running, Steadman said.

“It will improve the speeds as well as provide redundancy, so that if there are any problems at one tower, it doesn’t affect the other towers,” he said.


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