Cell Phone Expansion

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Officials in Windham concede telecommunication capabilities in the community are NOT likely to improve in the immediate future... 

Recovery has been a slow process in the wake of Hurricane Irene, which devastated the Greene County town a few years ago. 

Spotty cellular phone service has been an ongoing problem; officials say plans to build a network of cell towers is in the works, but will take years to unfold at a cost of millions.

Assemblyman Pete Lopez is looking for an alternative solution that could be fast-tracked.


Uncertainties over telephone service in Central New York and downstate on Fire Island have attracted the attention of government officials.

The New York state Public Service Commission has approved a plan by Verizon to eliminate its landline service on western Fire Island off the south shore of Long Island. Critics fear the move seals the fate of the old copper line system.

The telephone has been immortalized in story and song, woven deep into the tapesty of 20th century social culture... but this is the 21st century, and some fear the landline is going the way of carburetors and VHS tapes.


The state of Vermont is investing $5 million to expand cell phone service in 19 areas in southern Vermont.

The Vermont Telecommunications Authority has approved a grant to VTel Wireless, an affiliate of Vermont Telephone based in Springfield.

VTEL Wireless will be starting its own retail cellular service, with roaming agreements with national carriers.

Governor Peter Shumlin said Friday that the investment in cellular equipment through VTel Wireless will fill in some of the most challenging gaps in southern Vermont.

Service will improve on: