Cell Service at Lake Wateree, Fairfield County is a crisis and we need your help!

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Lake Wateree is a 13,000 acre reservoir in Fairfield, Kershaw, and Lancaster counties in South Carolina with 242 miles of shore line. The lake was created in 1919 when the Wateree River was dammed for hydroelectric power.  Since it's impoundment, the lake has become a one of the premier lakes for fishing in the midlands of South Carolina.  In addition,  Lake Wateree State Park hosts tens of thousands of patrons each year. 

I am a resident of Lake Wateree in Fairfield County and have watched the area experience substantial growth over the past few decades.  As Lake Wylie and Lake Norman continue to develop, many residents of the greater Charlotte area are seeking opportunities for investment into real estate both for recreational uses.  Fairfield County is poised to take advantage of the market.  Unfortunately, the lack of cell phone service from any provider has stifled development costing the county a significant opportunity for tax revenue.  

Moreover, the lack of adequate and dependable cell phone service is a hazard to public health and safety.  As boating accidents are on the rise nationwide, the lack of ability to make contact with emergency services is a concern to many visitors at the lake.  

I have made numerous pleas to AT&T and Verizon to improve their service around the lake; neither has made any effort to address our concerns.  We, the residents and users of Lake Wateree, demand that our elected officials both locally and statewide heed our concerns and take action to correct this problem.    



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