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Posted: June 18, 2013 8:54 p.m.

Oxford negotiating with Verizon

Cellphone reception for Verizon customers in Oxford and the surrounding communities may get a little better, as the city and company are in negotiations about adding an antenna to the city’s water tower, which may boost Verizon cellphone signals in the area.

Oxford City Manager Bob Schwartz said that during the city’s Monday night work session, he updated the council on the discussions. The city’s elevated water tank is on Watson Street.

Schwartz said Verizon attorneys are currently working on 30 cell tower proposals around the country. The company is still reviewing the city of Oxford’s agreement.

"The first thing they do is they look to see if they really can use it," Schwartz said. "If it’s not high enough and not in the right spot, then it doesn’t make any sense. But this seems to make sense."

He said talks of adding an antenna to the city’s water tower began about two months ago. There is no timeline for when negotiations will be complete, Schwartz said.

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