FCC map: Large areas not covered by mobile broadband
Posted 10 February 2012 - 02:30 PM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 02:40 PM
I'm interested in a few places around Maine & Florida where I've experienced coverage issues with VZW. They're head and shoulders above AT&T but I think the towers are still spread too thin and the capacity too low.
Looking at the map, I think they were a bit optimistic in a few areas missed a few spots. I recognize some places as pretty dead, but other spots may officially have 3G but it is really isn't there or isn't usable.
This post has been edited by icerabbit: 10 February 2012 - 02:44 PM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 02:52 PM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 05:16 PM
jpellino is right. There are parts of the U.S. where the touch of man is rather light. It's not cost effective to give those areas 3G coverage, particularly given that the costs of all that unused service will be borne by those who do use 3G and would rather it be cheaper. That's exactly tln1ltj2's very valid point.
icerabbit might look around in some of those unmapped dead spots. Forests aren't good for radio waves operating at the near-microwave frequencies of most 3G data. And fixing that is nigh unto impossible short of a blimp high overhead. You simply can't get a tower higher than all those 120+ foot trees around you. Even satellite radios have trouble in those locations.
My own comment is that quite a few people who live in those dead-to-3G areas either lived there to get away from an always connected society or they could care less about such things.
I doubt these inside-the-beltway FCC bureaucrats really understand all this. They're too caught up in thinking we should be like flat, people-dense Holland. They want to mandate this and require that will little sense of the value of it all.
And don't get me off on all this money being wasted. We're running trillions in the hole each year and DC wants to blow away yet more money on political boondoggles like this.
Posted 10 February 2012 - 06:57 PM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 07:42 PM
Thereby rendering this enire article a mute point.
Posted 11 February 2012 - 03:40 PM
It's scandalous, really! When we're paying for service, as I am, there should be a guaranteed minimum, and we should be credited when that is not delivered. Otherwise it's simple retail dishonesty and the phone companies get away with it!
PS: Verizon's helpline investigated this a few months ago, and said it's simply too much usage at my local cell tower. They plan to do nothing about it!
This post has been edited by TeaEarleGreyHot: 11 February 2012 - 03:45 PM
Posted 11 February 2012 - 05:37 PM
Posted 11 February 2012 - 06:49 PM