Across the country, cellular providers increasingly are improving their services by turning to school districts. And often cash-strapped districts are embracing the antennas or towers like money trees.

Cell phone providers have found that public schools often are easy, convenient locations to place their equipment, usually antennas mounted on existing structures, to improve mobile phone service.

The companies are willing to pay good money to school districts for the right to do so, and for the right price, many districts are quite willing to let them.

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