Can you expand your footprint by one antenna for the Boy Scouts?
I work for a boy scout camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's called Raven Knob Scout Reservation. We are located approximately 8 miles west of the merger of I-77 and I-74 in Surry County, NC. We have over 10,000 scouts and scouters come to camp every year to learn important life skills and to have fun at the same time. This is a mission you support with your generous sponsorship of the Boy Scouts of America as the national wireless sponsor.
We have one problem. Eight miles is just barely too far for your current coverage of the interstate to provide meaningful service to our camp. There is another tower closeby, on Fisher's Peak, that you could use to establish coverage by simply putting an antenna on top of the already existing tower that serves Carolina West, Verizon, and Sprint customers.
This expansion would serve many people and provide a fantastic level of security for our well traveled, but very large camp as well as service to the thousands of paying AT&T customers we have that come to camp every year, from as far away as Florida and Pennsylvania. We have had multiple scouts and scouters get lost while hiking on our reservation with perfectly good AT&T phones, but they did not have coverage to allow camp to contact them or vice versa only 8 miles from the interstate. This simple problem could be avoided if AT&T would step up to the plate and provide service like the other major carriers do in our region.
Any update on a possible expansion of coverage in this area would be excellent. I have spoken with Customer Service and Managers multiple times, so if you aren't willing to expand your coverage here at this time, a simple no will be sufficient, I will simply continue to advise Scoutmasters to use Verizon, Sprint, or Carolina West.
I am not interested in a femto-cell, as it will not provide coverage to the scoutmasters who are lost in our back-country, the major reason for requesting you to expand your home-network.
If there is anything I can do to help you expand your coverage here, please let me know. The local phone company is installing fiber-optic internet service to our location at this time. This is supplementing our 300+ extention in-camp phone system that also provides 12 DSL lines. With Verizon, Sprint, and other companies offering cellular service in our area, and the camp's extensive investment in it's own communications technology, AT&T is the last major telecommunications gap for our otherwise throughly connected reservation.
Thanks again and I look forward to hearing back from you.
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