MONTEREY — “Can you hear me now? How about now?”
In Southern Berkshire County towns like Monterey, the answer is still “no.”
But residents like Steven Weisz haven’t given up on having cell phone service in town just yet.
For years, Weisz and other fellow members of the Monterey Select Board, have been working to bring cell phone service into the community. Local lawmakers have also reached out to state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, for assistance.
In reaching out to the country’s largest carrier, Verizon Communications, Weisz says the company indicated it would only provide coverage if a cell tower was first constructed. The town was also told at the time that Verizon was focusing its capital dollars on the eastern side of the state, he added.
AT&T, on the other hand, was a little more agreeable, said Weisz.
In 2010, a tower was erected by Wrentham-based Vertex Towers LLC on the Great Barrington town line on the property of Christian camp Hume Lake New England and AT&T installed its equipment. That existing site along Route 23 was turned on in 2014, according to Karen Twomey, senior public relations manager for AT&T New England. The company also has a site in Otis that sits atop the Otis Ridge Ski Area, Twomey added.
But for Verizon customers, the dead zones have remained and continued into parts of New Marlborough, Otis and Sandisfield, said Weisz.
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