All the towers would be equipped with 4G technology, Carretta said, but Verizon hasn't decided if the new towers would be compatible with older technology, such as 3G phones.
Although other cellphone carriers have agreements with Verizon to use its network, the towers would be accessible to them only if the company decides to equip the towers with older technology.
Carretta said there has been significant demand for coverage along the Turnpike.
"I even hear that from employees (of Verizon)," he said.
If the planning commission approves Verizon's applications, the company can then file for the proper building permits and begin construction when funds are available.
The towers will be discussed and possibly approved during a public hearing held by the planning commission at 6 p.m. July 10 in the Kanawha County Commission Courtroom in the Kanawha County Courthouse.
Contact writer Matt Murphy at matt.mur...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.
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