Friday, November 5, 2010

Verizon Turns Off the Towers

Verizon Wireless customers in Nebraska are starting to suffer from dropped calls. In most cases this results from Verizon actually turning off unneeded cell sites as a result of the Alltel acquisition last year. This has resulted in a number of customers losing service. We knew this was coming, and it's the reality that Rapid City, SD residents feared as reported here yesterday.

In the Alltel takeover, Verizon acquired 40% more sites in Nebraska, and I would have expected them to switch many of those off. Somebody's gonna lose service. Not all the service will be as a result of losing towers, one resident experienced degraded service due to interference from too many towers! Now there's a problem we like to have.

1 comment:

Benjamin A said...

In downtown Omaha at the Greyhound station I did notice that coverage was really bad but I had figured that it had to be maintenance going on since I was there at 2 in the morning. Looks like that may not be the case. In the case of Omaha they killed of VZW's network and took over the former Alltel system there. I guess we'll see what happens and whether or not they add back some towers.