The Real Dead Zones

5.22.2015

I love this article on  unconnected regions. Whether by choice or by design, I have two takeaways from this article.

One, there are still remote areas of the country that have been left in the dust when it comes to cellular coverage – but the fact that they are largely unpopulated and in hostile climates means they are becoming fewer and further between. Even with that, innovations such as  Project Loon could soon put that problem to rest for the folks in Salina, parts of Central Valley and concert venues in Black Rock City, Nevada.

Second, there will always be the holdouts like  Digital Detox Retreats appearing on the landscape and Green Bank, West Virginia. In fact, we’ve already seen the rise of cell-free zones in rail transportation and restaurants in deference to those folks who simply need a brief respite from the connected world. And we’re definitely okay with that, because everyone needs a break now and then.

But when you’re traveling a lonely stretch of road in a desert region and need to make an emergency call, or in a  concrete building for a meeting, it’s heartening to know that there are – or soon will be – coverage options when we need them.

Do you know of a long lost dead zone in your country that could use a signal boost?

By Werner Sievers, CEO

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