Why Your Home Cell Phone Signal Has Stopped Working

cell towers vs distributed antenna systems
Cell Towers vs Distributed Antenna Systems

If you live in a rural area of the United States it is likely that your cell phone signal has have been fluctuating or might have dropped entirely in recent years as carriers move from 3G to 4G LTE.  Wireless carriers are increasingly moving service in areas from the very tall cell phone towers to the smaller distributed antenna systems like you see in the picture above.  Why?  

These very tall cell phone towers can provide 2G, 3G and 4G LTE coverage of 1 to 2 miles and service several thousand people and homes from a single tower.  Carriers are increasingly dealing with capacity issues on these tall towers and have to turn wireless signals down or off in areas on antennas where there are congestion problems (too many users) or not enough customers (not profitable).  

This could result in your home that previously had several bars of cell phone signal to suddenly not having any signal at all.  Wireless carrier may put up a DAS system in your neighborhood to fix the problem if you complain enough.  DAS or Distributed Antenna Systems are essentially a smaller and lower power cell towers that are installed on top or inside of buildings or utility poles most commonly.  DAS antennas systems will provide service to a smaller number of people.  The theory is that your signal will be more reliable and faster.  

Unfortunately the FCC or FTC has no mandate to the wireless carrier they they have to inform you of changes in signal strength to your neighborhood.  Carriers might not even reflect this coverage accurately on their coverage maps for several years.  Deadcellzones.com has been operating for the last 18 years collecting complaints on a map of where customers have trouble getting cell phone signals.  

The complaint latest trend in the industry seems to be carriers optimizing their networks in markets and dropping coverage for "unprofitable" markets.  There is no guarantee that coverage will be provided at your home and this is the biggest portion of customer traffic adding data to the dead zones map.  

I am curious what some homeowners have done to remedy this problem with carriers.  Please comment below if you have any feedback or suggestions on how to solve this problem with each carrier.  There carriers have gotten so big that bureaucracy is probably the biggest obstacle to getting solutions for customers who have lost good home cell phone signals.  

The Advance of High-Definition TV

The television has been the background and forefront noise of our lives. We watch the news to learn about world and local events. We watch television for entertainment, allowing it to take us on adventures and create feelings of joy and sadness. This appliance takes up space on our shelves and walls, but it did not always have the look it has now. It has a history of graduating from archaic to modern. It was not until 1947 that many households had a television, so imagine the great change that has been brought about. It was not common for people to own a television and to do so meant you were financially comfortable. Now, it is the norm for every household to have a TV or two in its rooms.

Prior to electric televisions, there were mechanical televisions. The early televisions were rudimentary with mechanically scanned images that were then transmitted on to a screen. The slow trek to the television we know today started with a simple line on the screen, the first ever transmitted image. Later the dollar sign was successfully transmitted. The television was tweaked between 1926 and 1931 and finally, the electronic TV was introduced.

Skipping along the TV history timeline, the first remote control, the Tele Zoom, was created. It did not change channels, but it did zoom in on the TV. Thankfully Zenith released the true remote in 1955 and was completely wireless. This remote changed channels and altered the volume. The color TV has a patent from 1925, but did not come forth until 1946. Color TVs were an electronic image war between CBS and RCA. The two stations created their own types of TVs. The public felt they were beyond having the black and white versions and wanted to choose the color versions. The FCC declared that the television CBS created was superior and declared it the national standard, this was the color TV. Since then it has been a great walk to the different types of television watching we know today. Many nations have participated in making the television experience great. Japan was a great contender in improving image quality.

What a journey it has been to the TVs we know today: high definition (HD), satellite, smart TV and even the ability to watch TV on the Internet. Nowadays, we have the world at our fingertips. The remote has graduated to the voice-activated remote control. We now have applications, or apps, that connect directly to the TV. This makes watching the Internet even better. It's a great comfort to be able to watch Netflix and YouTube straight from the TV. Additionally, watching TV is like watching a better experience. The 4K Ultra HD gives a rich experience. This is quite a big step from having a remote that only zoomed in to give a bigger picture on the screen.

HDTV offers more detail and quality and is far better than the standard analog television, or even other types of digital TV formats. HDTV is digital and the broadcast transmits widescreen pictures. HDTV is known to be the best quality DTV format available. You feel as if you are a part of the action in the movie and not just an outsider to the experience. Optimum.com can give you that experience and more. Contact them and get the viewing experience you deserve.

The HDTV is slowly replacing the standard television from fifteen years ago. The clunky version of the TV is not seen as much on the store shelves. Instead, there are flat screen TVs with HD. So far, this is a perfect marriage of entertainment. The flat screen TV saves a lot of space and delivers a better picture, not to mention the different types of sound systems available with the brands of TV today. Sound and image create the perfect condition for binge-watching TV shows and having a special family night of movies.

The graduation to a better television experience continues to get better. What an amazing progression, going from a simple line on the television to seeming as if the people we are watching are standing directly in front of us.

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