FAIRBANKS - Borough planning officials have nixed plans for a 180-foot cell phone tower west of Fairbanks.
Communications company GCI had proposed the tower in a homeowner's backyard in the Parks Ridge neighborhood, near Ester.
The company, working with Alaska Digitel, has been working its way into the Fairbanks cellular phone market, and wanted the tower to address an identified gap in service. The proposal galvanized some neighbors, who organized to try to block the move.
Planners at the Fairbanks North Star Borough said the tower would be "out of character" in the rural neighborhood. The borough's planning commission unanimously denied the permit.