Incident highlights lack of cell cove...

Incident highlights lack of cell coverage

There are 12 comments on the Bennington Banner story from Jan 13, 2009, titled Incident highlights lack of cell coverage. In it, Bennington Banner reports that:

An incident involving school children and a bus has sparked concerns over a lack of cellular phone coverage in rural sections of the county along Route 22.

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Junk Yard

Randolph, VT

#1 Jan 13, 2009
Thank goodness they had gas to run the car and no one was hurt!
Vermont transplant

Bennington, VT

#2 Jan 13, 2009
I am assuming that this bus travels the same route daily. As soon as notification was made that the bus had been in an accident why didn't they just back track the route? Does this sound stupid or just too simple? Thank God no one was injured and they were able to keep the children warm. What about flares on the bus for emergencies? Most auto safety kits have them.
Real Vermonter

Boston, MA

#3 Jan 13, 2009
Vermont transplant it's so simple that it's stupid which is probably why it took all those people so long to figure it out! I see a lot of problems with a lot of people in this story! Children come first and in this case they didn't! I hope they conduct an investigation and get rid of all the bad apples so it doesn't happen again and if it does it doesn't take so long to neutralize it! Children come first!!

Montpelier, VT

#4 Jan 13, 2009
It's 2009 for heaven's sakes! Other than the greed for more money, there is absolutely no reason that there should be any 'dead spots' for cell phones ANYWHERE in this Country.
Real Vermonter

Boston, MA

#5 Jan 13, 2009
Agree 100% and I don't even use a cell phone!

South Burlington, VT

#6 Jan 13, 2009
Nor do I, RV.
Real Vermonter

Boston, MA

#7 Jan 13, 2009
American made satellite laptops and cell photos should be free by now!
Jennifer Fisk

Sabattus, ME

#8 Jan 14, 2009
The bus monitor should have dialed 911 on her cell for two reasons. 911 calls on cell phones lock in GPS coordinates for Law Enforcement to use to find the caller and that bus was in an accident which needed to be reported. The bus driver is at fault here too as the bus and its passengers are ultimately his/her responsibility. In this case, no one was injured however the parents of these children assume the drivers and monitors know proper procedure in an emergency. Obviously not in this case. While cell service in this area is not the best, the inappropriate action on the part of the monitor delayed assisitance not the cell service.

Manchester Center, VT

#9 Jan 14, 2009
The cell phone service providers would like you to think that it was the people who did not want to see cell towers put up being the cause of dead spots - That is not the case -

Dorset was willing to put up its own tower and still is, but not one cell provider was willing to take space on the tower and we contacted all of them so we continue to suffer

Cell towers are no longer needed - you can go with low profile antennas but the providers must look at the bottom line they have a budget to live by and that must include corporate officers with the high paycheck and bonus

if some one gets hurt ask the corporate officers with the high paycheck why.

The VTA was trying to help but they could not get the service providers to go on towers they do not want to go on-nor do they support the non-tower technology

If you ask the ECFiber folks building a fiber optic to the home style network if their plans could include a wireless network using low profile antennas I think they would tell you it does.
Real Vermonter

Boston, MA

#10 Jan 14, 2009
It's all about GREED and MONEY! Simple!
Get Real

Arlington, VT

#11 Jan 14, 2009
How soon we forget. No... most cell phone companies were willing to put up cell towers here in rual areas but... towns moved to creat ordinances to prevent them.... Dorset included...I hear all this crying that we want high tech jobs... well so does everybody else except they have cell service, 24 gas staions, and busineses that can advertise. Look at the street Vendor issue in Manchester. You can't even have two people selling hotdogs without it being a big deal.
Real Vermonter

Boston, MA

#12 Jan 14, 2009
Why do we need cell towers when there are a bunch of satcoms up there looking right at each and every one of us right now?

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