Enable life-saving cell phone service for Southern Albemarle today!
  • Petitioned Supervisor Dumler

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Albemarle County, VA Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Dumler
Albemarle County, VA Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Rooker
Albemarle County, VA Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Snow
Albemarle County, VA Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Thomas
Albemarle County, VA Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Mallek
Albemarle County, VA Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Boyd

Enable life-saving cell phone service for Southern Albemarle today!

    1. Petition by

      L W

      Scottsville, VA

Emergency phone calls from cell phones only work if there is a signal on which they can be carried. There is no such signal for large pockets of Southern Albemarle, including almost 15 miles between Scottsville and Mill Creek along Highway 20. Thousands of travelers are without a lifeline to emergency services in the case of an accident or illness.

In July 2012, Southern Albemarle lost Cate Ford unnecessarily because of this lack of cell phone service. We ask the wireless companies and County Board of Supervisors to raise the priority of this issue before we lose someone else.

Cell phone towers are a complex infrastructure problem and require the cooperation of businesses. But we believe our county staff, wireless providers and the Board of Supervisors can solve it if there is political will. This lack of basic communication services affects thousands of residents and commuters, and we ask your immediate attention to this matter.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Update from Supervisor Dumler

      L W
      by L W
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all -

      Supervisor Dumler sent in an update yesterday. It's too long to all fit here, so I've posted it out on a webpage about the cell service issue in Southern Albemarle. That page is here:
      http://www.lydiaewilson.com/southern-albemarle-cell-service/

      Here's the beginning:

      "Scottsville District Residents and concerned citizens,

      Thank you so much for your recent communications regarding cellular communication in Southern Albemarle. I wanted to provide an update on the work that I and the rest of the Board have done over the past several months on the issue of Personal Wireless Services Facilities (PWSFs), where we are in the process now, and what else you can do to help move the ball forward on this critical infrastructure issue..."

      (more on http://www.lydiaewilson.com/southern-albemarle-cell-service/)

    2. Two more days - Things are happening - Stay informed!

      L W
      by L W
      Petition Organizer

      The petition closes in two days. I'll take our signatures to the board next week and continue updating you on the progress of bringing cell phone service to the area. If you know anyone in Albemarle County who wants their voice heard on this issue, invite them to sign now.

      The Board of Supervisors is actively reviewing the regulations around cell phone service provision, especially barriers for companies to build new or improve upon existing towers. They've been meeting with some industry reps. Much is going well.

      But, some of the barriers can't fall easily. There are tight regulations on what can be built in the Southern Albemarle Historic District. What does it mean to you to live in a historic area? What give and take should we see? Make sure your voice is heard!

      I made a webpage where you can find all the related documents, letters and dates on this issue. http://www.lydiaewilson.com/southern-albemarlecell-service/

      Email me if you find things to add: lydia.wilson@gmail.com

    3. An outside explanation of the wireless tower debate

      L W
      by L W
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all -

      381 signatures. Impressive.

      A news reporter in the area, Sean Tubbs, recently covered the debate over cellphone towers in our area. Are aesthetics more important than basic communication services?

      I thought you all would appreciate the link. There is a wealth of resources linked from the article, including the problematic ordinance and an update from the county staff. http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/12846-albemarle_wireless_tower/

      I'll be taking our signatures to the Board of Supervisors meeting on October 3, 2012. It's a 9am meeting, but if anyone would like to join me, message me through the change.org site or Facebook.

      Be well,

      Lydia

    4. Incredible response - keep it moving!

      L W
      by L W
      Petition Organizer

      In less than 18 hours, you all gathered 227 more signatures. Incredible work! That's a sign that the need for reliable cell phone coverage in Southern Albemarle County is an issue close to many people's hearts. We want safety and security through communications for our friends, families, and community.

      I believe the barriers to full cell phone coverage can be overcome by the wireless carriers and our Board of Supervisors. Let's let them know how important this is to Albemarle County residents. Share this petition with your neighbors.

      If (when!) the board develops a proposal that needs local residents' feedback, we'll use this list to distribute those proposals.

      Enjoy the sunshine today, all.

      Lydia

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Still no answers - spread the word!

      L W
      by L W
      Petition Organizer

      In two days, we've collected 50 signatures. Two supervisors wrote to echo concern about this issue. EVERYONE knows it needs to be addressed.

      But no one has offered concrete answers about where the process of ensuring full cell phone coverage in Southern Albemarle stands and why the obstacles can't be overcome.

      Let's keep this issue at the top of the County and industry's agenda by sharing this petition. Can you send it to a friend who lives in their area? Better yet, to a Facebook group or email list of people who are affected by the lack of cell phone coverage?

      Be well - and stay dry!

      Lydia

      "I personally agree with your comments... Visibility and height of a tower has been the guiding rules in the Wireless Policy Manual. That is specifically what will need to be adjusted in order to have a more efficient coverage in Southern Albemarle and the region." - Rodney S. Thomas, Rio Supervisor

      "We're in a very formative stage right now." - Chris Dumler, Scottsville Supervisor

    7. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Gregory Schoenborn SCOTTSVILLE, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      As both a small business owner of a new and thriving, professional recording studio in Scottsville, Ravensworth Studios, which is helping to support our community ...and, choosing to live in a beautiful, rural area...it is absolutely critical for both our clients and our family that we have cell phone service that works, especially in the event of an emergency! Please make it happen. We do pay taxes...and, expect and demand that this situation is resolved ASAP. Thank you.

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    • Randy Golladay SCOTTSVILLE, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      As a lifelong resident of southern Albemarle County and having worked for a utility providing 24 hour service to its customers, I understand the critical need for cell service in the southern portion of the county. As many county residents are choosing to discontinue hard wired home phone service and rely completely on cellular phones, the need has grown tremendously in the past few years. Adequate cellular coverage in southern Albemarle is important not only in emergent situations but for home based businesses as well. With the evolution of "asthetically blending" towers and technology, I believe adequate cellular coverage and preservation of the view shed can both prevail.

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    • mary golladay SCOTTSVILLE, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Cell phone service seems to be getting worse in the southern part of the county instead of better. I don't understand why. With new towers and new technology it seems it should be getting better!!!

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    • Cristal Sowder ESMONT, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I live in an area that has no cell service and this is needed.

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    • Teresa Lee SCOTTSVILLE, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      My husband travels Route 20 to Charlottesville from Buckingham County every day and for a lot of the way he has no cell service.

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