Expanding the Mobile Network

Megan Rowe has an interesting article in today’s Daily Progress about mobile phone carriers’ efforts to expand their networks in the area to fill in the blank spots. There’s an inherent conflict there — I wish I had GSM service at my house, but I don’t particularly want to have a tower in my viewshed. Phone companies are getting smarter about it, though, hiding their towers in church steeples and attaching them to electrical towers, making greater coverage less contentious. The topography of the county is such that 100% coverage will never be viable with existing technology, though, so don’t hold your breath.

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