Town Square

Post a New Topic

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.

Comments (4)

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

Roberta Prescott is a registered user.

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

Pat Markevitch is a registered user.

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

Ryan Cross is a registered user.

@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

Byron Tate is a registered user.

"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.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

In order to encourage respectful and thoughtful discussion, commenting on stories is available to those who are registered users. If you are already a registered user and the commenting form is not below, you need to log in. If you are not registered, you can do so here.

Please make sure your comments are truthful, on-topic and do not disrespect another poster. Don't be snarky or belittling. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

See our announcement about requiring registration for commenting.

Stay informed.

Get the day's top headlines from Palo Alto Online sent to your inbox in the Express newsletter.

Arya Steakhouse, a standby for steaks and Persian cuisine, moves to downtown Palo Alto
By The Peninsula Foodist | 0 comments | 3,143 views

“To get the full value of joy . . .
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,529 views

We need an audit of city spending
By Diana Diamond | 3 comments | 1,439 views


Register today to support local nonprofits

The 38th annual Moonlight Run and Walk is Friday evening, September 9. Proceeds go to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, benefiting local nonprofits that serve families and children in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Join us under the light of the full Harvest Moon on a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon. Complete your race in person or virtually to support local nonprofits.

Register Now!