Cox cell towers popping up in Rhode Island

In a sign that Cox Communications is serious about rolling out mobile wireless services, the Providence Business News reports that the MSO has started constructing wireless towers in Rhode Island and has sought municipal permission to put antennas on church steeples, smokestacks, water tanks and existing towers throughout the state.

A Cox spokeswoman stuck to the company line in an e-mail to the publication, saying that she "cannot provide additional details on where or how many towers have already been installed or are yet to be installed."

Cox has been saying since 2008 that it will offer mobile wireless services. The MSO is not part of the industry group allied with Clearwire on 4G WiMAX wireless and has purchased wireless spectrum from the FCC to go its own way. At The Cable Show in Los Angeles, Pat Esser, the MSO's president, made clear that "mobility, to Cox, is pretty important."

The privately held company has been evasive on when mobile wireless will become a reality in Rhode Island, Orange County, Calif., Omaha, Neb. and Hampton Roads, Va., where it has announced it will roll out services.

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