AT&T puts tower in church parking lot, expands coverage

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - AT&T is turning to a higher tower, and has built a cell phone tower in the parking lot of Crossroads United Methodist Church.

Melvin Diffendaffer, a retired school teacher at Grand Junction High School, helped the church negotiate with AT&T. He said, "AT&T came to us about a 1 year and a half ago."

And while church may not be what most people think of when they pull out their cell phones, a divine partnership has sprung up at the corner of 30 and Patterson Roads.

The deal was born out of necessity, and probably alot of dropped calls. Diffendaffer said, "We are in the center of an area with very poor cell service. It was primarily to improve cell service on Patterson and also in the neighborhood about a one mile radius of the church."

The residents around the church are now a little more connected, if they use AT&T as their wireless provider.

The church leases the land to the international company, customers have expanded coverage, and neighbors might not be as angry about spotty service.

Diffendaffer said, "It's a benefit for both AT&T and Crossroads."