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Supporters

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.

Letter to
Albemarle County, VA Board of Supervisors Supervisor Dumler
Albemarle County, VA Board of Supervisors Supervisor Rooker
Albemarle County, VA Board of Supervisors Supervisor Snow
and 3 others
Albemarle County, VA Board of Supervisors Supervisor Thomas
Albemarle County, VA Board of Supervisors Supervisor Mallek
Albemarle County, VA Board of Supervisors Supervisor Boyd
I believe Southern Albemarle County, VA needs life-saving cell phone coverage and that our politicians and wireless providers can overcome the hurdles to provide it. Here is the letter I just sent to the Board of Supervisors & Wireless Phone Providers.

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Dear friends:

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

This is a complex infrastructure problem. But we believe our county staff, wireless providers and the Board of Supervisors can solve it if there is political will.

If misfortune befalls any of the thousands of people who travel Highway 20 south of I-64, they are without basic communication services that could save his or her life.
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Sincerely,