The Chenango County planning director was in her car, speaking on her cell phone’s hand free device. It’s a common refrain for her and others who try to make cell phone calls in and around Chenango County.
“Depending on which carrier you have, once you’re a mile to the east or west of Norwich, you lose service,” she said.
For Jones, who lives in Mount Upton, the spotty cell coverage is more than just an inconvenience.
“I see it as a safety issue,” she said. “Say I’m driving home and have car trouble. I can’t call anyone because I don’t have cell service.”
Jones isn’t the only one who considers it a problem.
“Quality wireless service is now an essential part of modern U.S. infrastructure,” Senator Charles Schumer said, in a letter he penned to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
In mid-October, Schumer accused network carriers of misrepresenting coverage in Upstate New York, to the detriment of residents and visitors. The senator has asked residents to report dead zones in their areas on his website, www.schumer.senate.gov, so the matter can be investigated.
For emergency management officials and first responders, communications can also be a challenge. According to Chenango County Fire Coordinator and Emergency Management Director Matthew Beckwith, the county’s signature rolling hills are the issue…
Written by Melissa Stagnaro, Evening Sun Contributor. Read the full article at evesun.com.