New York Sen. Chuck Schumer has taken aim at spotty cellphone coverage by launching a campaign with crowdsourced information designed to pinpoint reception dead zones.
On Sunday, Sen. Schumer said that his campaign would encourage people to report areas where there is no cellphone reception, with promises to notify wireless carriers of such spots, NY1 has reported.
“In a crowded area like the New York metropolitan area, it’s inexcusable with all the money that we pay now for cellphone service that there should be so many places where calls are dropped, and it’s dropped in the same places over and over and over again,” Schumer said to NY1.
After logging a complaint of an area with unreliable cellphone coverage, Schumer’s office will then challenge cellphone providers to remedy their weakest spots, CBS stated. Schumer also said he will specifically name the companies with the worst coverage records.
Schumer also addressed emergencies, saying that dropped calls could be dangerous in such situations, CBS added.
“It is just confounding that calls are dropped in the most crowded of places, the most traveled of places, over and over again,” Schumer said to the New York Post in a related article. “What good is a cellphone unless you have good coverage?”