Officials want better cell phone service on I-87
Drivers headed north could see an improvement in their cell phone service thanks to COWS, or "cells on wheels."
Some upstate lawmakers want to see more of the trailer-based
temporary cell towers placed at rest stops along a stretch of the
Northway where cell phone users have problems making or receiving calls.
The communication "dead zones" are a problem along the
northern stretch of Interstate 87, or the Adirondack Northway, between Lake George and Plattsburgh.
There's a proposal to place three temporary cell towers along the remote stretches of the highway.
State Senator Betty Little of Plattsburgh is pushing for that
solution, along with Assembly members Chris Ortloff and Teresa
Sayward. They also want the state to fix emergency call boxes
along the Northway that have been dead for some time.
Cell towers are a touchy subject in the Adirondacks, where some
people say the structures ruin the scenery.
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