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updated: 8/5/2013 3:24 PM

Wheaton considers allowing AT&T to increase service area

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Wheaton City Council members Monday are expected to decide whether to approve local ordinance changes that would allow AT&T to offer it's U-verse Internet, television and phone services throughout the city.

Doing so, however, would mean the addition of as many as 11 aboveground utility cabinets placed on residential rights of way throughout the city. There already are four such boxes in the city for AT&T's other services.

The smaller boxes come very close to complying with the city's ordinance that dictates the size of aboveground utility cabinets, but council members are concerned some residents may inadvertently end up with a cabinet in their front yards. Some residents' homes and doors face the right of way instead of what would typically be considered the front yard. The situation is most common on corner lots.

The council meets at 7 p.m. at city hall, 303 W. Wesley St.

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