Can You Hear Us Now?

We got asked to help support a local campaign to improve cell phone coverage near Crystal Mountain.

I hope I’m not stepping on anyone’s toes by being blissfully unaware of political ramifications of this.  All I know is that it’s been real helpful for us ski patrollers to find hurt people quickly and lost people while it’s still daylight, thanks exclusively to cell phone technology and Verizon’s good coverage across Crystal Mountain.

Once you drop down off the hill, however, not-so-good.  And most of the time, if you have a carrier other than Verizon, fuggetaboutit.

So Wendy, a local Greenwater activist started the “Can You Hear Us Now” campaign.  Click that title to learn more and fill-out the petition.

From Wendy’s e-mail asking us to spread the word:

Public safety on the Highway 410 corridor is primary requirement for reliable cell phone signal coverage.  Years ago multiple pay phones along Highway 410 were available. The remaining two pay phones are frequently out of order.

Every year close to 1 million individuals travel Highway 410. Washington State Dept. of Transportation 2007 traffic count exceeded 750,000.  Skiers, boarders, tourists, residents to and from Crystal Resort. Multiple recreation category users and business traffic when passes are open on  Cayuse / Chinook and into Mt. Rainier National Park.

Years of widespread public demand for cell coverage without any known opposition.

2012 FCC testing to begin “narrow” radio frequency use bandwidth change which is primarily due to the growth of cell phone usage.  When the FCC narrow use bandwidth is mandated, PCFD #26 is expecting a ½ reduction to their currently available radio frequency use bandwidth.

Current on-line signal coverage maps (Verizon, AT&T) show Highway 410 coverage where cell signal is unavailable.
I’m working as a volunteer with the PCFD #26 Fire Commissioners.  We have a good start on our 90 day campaign to collect as many public support requests for Hwy410 cell coverage as possible.  Petition signatures, website support responses, personal letters along with a community proposal will be presented to the wireless providers.

2 thoughts on “Can You Hear Us Now?

  1. Jason Linden

    The first link doesn’t appear to work. The 2nd does though. The problem with the first link is that it’s missing the “:”. http//

    Great cause though… like you said Corey, better cell phone coverage up there can save lives. I recently switched to Verizon from ATT… a large reason for that was very poor coverage by ATT up there.


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