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AT&T boxes draw more protest

Residents upset about the AT&T boxes being installed in parkways around Evanston to provide high speed video and Internet service plan to meet with city officials Thursday.

The session will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.

Monday night a handful of speakers at the City Council meeting decried actions by the state legislature giving the utility authority to install the "refrigerator size" boxes in towns across the state with little municipal oversight.

"My overriding concern," Dickelle Fonda, of 1220 Darrow Ave., said, "is the model this sets of government making decisions with corporate entities and not taking into account the cities and citizens."

"We’re all too familiar with this on the national level and now seeing it on the state level," she added.

Fonda acknowledge that most of the nearly 100 boxes scheduled to be placed in Evanston have already been built, "but ther has to be some plan for screening these things."

In addition to a box near Fonda’s home, other speakers voiced concerns about one at Hartzell Street and Highland Avenue in northwest Evanston.

State lawmakers have argued that the new service from AT&T will provide more competition for local cable companies and ultimately lead to lower rates for consumers.

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