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.