Coastal Cell Towers

A California wireless phone company has applied for a federal grant to bring broadband service to remote areas along North Carolina's coast.

The Daily Reflector of Greenville reported Monday that Cleartalk expects to hear next month if it will get $50 million in federal stimulus money to build a wireless network in 38 counties stretching from the Outer Banks to Wilmington. The company plans to build 392 towers that will bring broadband service to about 2 million people.

Cleartalk has built similar networks in other states, including South Carolina, Alabama and Texas.

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  • by Wayln Location: salem va on Oct 24, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    I agree with BOB Of Belhaven ,, the phone carriers are just too selfish with your $$$
  • by jay Location: nc on Oct 20, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    Well the company the has the hold on most of the cells here are satisfied. You get a signal from SQ to Ocracoke in the middle of the sound. and cant talk near Columbia or Stumpy Point. So come on Broadbband I be Waiting..
  • by jr Location: bath on Oct 19, 2009 at 05:17 PM
    i can't believe that anon is so selfish! what's so special about lagrange, or 'the farm'?
  • by Ellen Location: Greenville on Oct 19, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    Finally!!! Why does it have to be a California company? Doesn't NC have a company that can do this? Why aren't they on it?
  • by Anonymous on Oct 19, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    I can't get service in the middle of LaGrange, before we concentrate on the swamplands down east how about a carrier that will give ANY of us reliable service. I'm just waiting to seea Verizon tower at big rock on my next trip offshore. "can you hear me now"
  • by HUH? Location: sc on Oct 19, 2009 at 09:50 AM
  • by Can't wait Location: NE NC on Oct 19, 2009 at 08:28 AM
    This is SO needed in some areas of eastern NC. BRING IT ON & hurry up. I'm waiting!
  • by Gary on Oct 19, 2009 at 08:09 AM
    If it makes the cost for the consumer go down, I'm all for competition.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Oct 19, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    While I don't agree at all with guberment stimulus money being spent on private companies, I do think better cellular coverage for eastern NC is a good thing. The current providers do not provide good coverage in rural areas of the state. I live in a marginal coverage area and have contacted the strongest coverage company many many times about their lack of coverage in my area. Their are ways that would improve their service, such as moving the antennas higher on the towers, moving the antennas directions, placing a repeater system in to cover the marginal areas...all of which have fallen on deaf ears. I have spent hundreds of dollars on cell phone boosters, external antennas and different phones until I finally found one that works marginally sometimes! Most cell phone companies have written in their contract that "not receiving service" is NOT grounds to get out of their contract! To get out of their 2 year contract you must pay $150.00 plus!
  • by Doctor D Location: Pantego on Oct 19, 2009 at 06:06 AM
    Another example of taking tax money and competing with companies already providing services. There is not enough market for them to expand, so let's give money to someone new so they can run the existing companies out of business. More government interference in the marketplace.
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