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Horrible Cell service in Downtown North

Original post made by Pat Markevitch, Downtown North, on Jul 31, 2022

For the last few weeks, talk, text and internet service has been horrible, sometimes even non existent in Downtown North. I have read reasons from a car crashing into a cell tower to a special group is working on the problem. Whatever the cause, it should have been fixed a long time ago. A lot of people are still working from home because of the pandemic so this situation must be a huge pain for them. Also, many people no longer have land lines so trying to get through to 9-1-1 could prove to be disastrous unless this situation is rectified.

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Posted by Roberta Prescott
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 1, 2022 at 7:35 am

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It depends on how many people are using the cell tower at a given time.

A typical cell tower can accommodate 30 calls and 60 texts.

Cellular data and Wi-Fi are two different means of online access.

Many people use Wi-Fi at home or at a venue that offers free Wi-Fi.

Cellular data is often used remotely (e.g. cellphone).


Posted by Pat Markevitch
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 3, 2022 at 9:54 am

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Roberta Prescott, all valid points but the fact is, the service in this neighborhood has gotten really horrible in the last few weeks and needs to be addressed.


Posted by Ryan Cross
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 3, 2022 at 11:15 am

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@Pat Markevitch
a resident of Downtown North...

Blame it on overpopulation. Nearly everyone has a cellphone and computer.

Fewer people = better cell service.

As Roberta Prescott noted, cell towers have certain limitations which is no different than accommodating freeway traffic.

The other alternative is to erect more cell towers in PA but the tin hats would oppose such a measure.


Posted by Byron Tate
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 4, 2022 at 8:57 am

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"the service in this neighborhood has gotten really horrible in the last few weeks and needs to be addressed."

Your wireless provider may be 'throttling' your connection speeds due to the high volume of user traffic.


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