Posted at: 04/03/2013 7:37 PM
Updated at: 04/03/2013 7:41 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
Construction on AT&T's 450-foot cell tower near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is finished, according to company spokesperson Alex Carey.
According to Carey, AT&T is now in the process of moving necessary equipment into the new tower and it will be able to be used later this summer. Until then, a smaller 199-foot tower will remain in operation.
In a statement, he said "by significantly increasing the availability and reliability of wireless service in the Boundary Waters...the new larger tower will improve the health and safety of area residents, tourists and businesses."
The statement also said the new tower will allow wireless calls to be made to report accidents or to summon medical help.
The build comes following a long legal battle.
In 2010, an environmental group called the "Friends of the Boundary Waters" filed a lawsuit attempting to stop the tower from being built.
Following appeals, in June of last year, the Minnesota Court of Appeals said AT&T could build the tower. Later, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case.