Schumer looking for wireless dead zones

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB)- Sometimes you don’t have to travel out into the country to find a wireless dead zone.

In fact, there are many places where your cell phone may drop out, even though it’s supposed to be well within your coverage area.

That’s why Senator Chuck Schumer- (d) New York,  is starting a crowd sourcing website to find out where the most common dead zones are and pressure cell phone providers to acknowledge them on their own coverage maps.

“What we have found is that there are areas that never get good coverage and the maps show that they get good coverage. That’s wrong. That deceives consumers, and it leaves cell phone companies to not provide the best service.” said Schumer. “If the cellphone providers were forced to provide good maps, they might actually upgrade the service.”

On another website called DeadCellZones.com there are dozens of spots flagged in Erie and Niagara Counties where certain cell coverage drops out…One of the more surprising spots is near the intersection of North French and Transit Road, at the Amherst- Clarence border.

News 4 tested a Verizon phone that worked just fine there Thursday, but almost everyone else we talked with had some complaint.

“I know when I go shopping, I have zero signal.” said A-T-&-T customer, Christine Wendt.”I’ll be talking to my husband on the phone, it’s like one little bar. It’ll just drop out in the middle of it.”

Matt Lequeux is a T-Mobile customer. “Horrible, I always drop calls every time I work out here. There’s no registered connection at all.”

Verizon customer, Rich Lehr doesn’t ever remember getting consistent service here under any provider. “This area right here, I can go back since I’ve had a cell phone well over ten years and I used to come out here for a previous job and it’s always been like that, and every time I come here, I usually leave my phone in the car because it never works in this area.”

Senator Schumer is inviting cell phone users to tell him where the dead zones are anytime before November 11. That’s the day he will submit the list of the chronic dead zones to the Federal Communications Commission and ask the FCC to make the cell phone providers acknowledge the dead zones on their coverage maps.

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