Communication services can still improve

Published 7:00 am Saturday, June 2, 2018

In an age where everything is at our fingertips, it’s hard to believe that we still have cellular dead spots in Mississippi.

While cellular coverage has gotten better in the years after Hurricane Katrina, there are still areas in Pearl River County where bars drop to an unusable figure.

Another problem with cellular service occurs when we enter metal buildings. While not every phone/carrier is affected by these miniature dead zones, it’s a problem when it’s your device that’s unable to reach the rest of the world.

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As a result of the popularity of cellphones, land lines and their more reliable service are becoming rare in households. But that is the way of the world, when something better is invented, the old is replaced by the new.

But Roger Wicker wants to join the push to improve cellular service in Mississippi, by advocating for a piece of $4.5 billion in a Mobility Fund II from the Federal Communications Commission, according to coverage from the Associated Press.

It’s a great idea, especially during an election year when he’s got some competition on both the Republican and Democratic tickets.

The problem however, is he has to prove that dead spots in the Magnolia State are more prevalent than those in other states.

He has an uphill battle, because while our state is rural, there are plenty of other states with a better case, according to maps made by the FCC. Even if the FCC finds that we don’t qualify for the extra funding, our network does need improvement. And not just in this state.

At some point, wireless communication services will surely advance to a point that dead spots will be a thing of the past.

Ultimately, I think it’s up to the providers to fill in those gaps if the FCC does not agree with Wicker. Because it’s their network, and our money pays for it all.