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Cell service still lacking in Belleville

Officials can’t get vendors to build

July 7, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Nearly three years after a tornado touched down in Belleville and concerns over a lack of cell towers in that area were raised, the lack of cell towers still remains a problem....

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Jul-07-13 12:03 PM

It's not only Belleville, just take a look at any cell service coverage map. There's a blue strip along I-77 denoting cell service. Travel several miles east or west of the interstate and there's no service. Take Rt47, for most, cell service ends near Kanawha and I have no idea where it begins again, maybe Glenville. I know I was stuck on the side of the road 30 miles out and didn't get usable service until I reached the I-77 and Rt47 interchange. Large portions of Wirt and Calhoun counties have no cell service and the utilities are out almost every time the wind blows.

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Jul-07-13 11:35 AM

You may want to google or Wikipedia Femtocell or look into a personal cellular repeater on Amazon various places in Belleville area i get 1 bar of cell service on my cell phone a cellular repeater would boost the signal tremendously in these areas. This type of equipment is fairly inexpensive and affordable to the consumer.

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Jul-07-13 3:09 AM

As frustrating as it is for many rural residents, the wireless industry is 100% profit driven. That's been proven by the state 911 cell phone surcharge that paid to build some big towers in remote locations to entice wireless providers to install their equipment on them. It's pretty much a failed effort.

If there is not enough population and if the terrain is to rugged (which describes most of West Virginia) then the cell phone companies cannot justify the expenditures.

I have no idea what the solution is or if there is one but we shouldn't blame local officials for the problem. It's like that wherever there's too many hills and not enough people.

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