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Park agency reviews cell phone plans

It's more than seven months since the Adirondack Park Agency approved the first of a series of cell towers Verizon wants to build along the Northway, but the company still hasn't started construction. A Verizon spokesman says work should start within the next month. Chris Knight has more.  Go to full article

More cell coverage in the works

The Adirondack Park Agency is reviewing other applications that could lead to more reliable cell service in other parts of the park. On Friday, the agency approved an application from T-Mobile and Omnipoint Communications for a cell antenna on an existing 200-foot tower near Northway exit 35 in the Town of Ausable. APA spokesman Keith McKeever said APA staff were able to approve the T-Mobile application in just ten days because it doesn't need a new tower. The agency received another co-location application from AT&T Mobile a week ago. The company wants to put an antenna on an existing tower in the St. Lawrence County Town of Fine.

Other cell projects that do need new towers are also being reviewed. They include a new 100-foot tall tower west of state Route 9 in the Town of Lewis, in Essex County. The tower could accommodate up to three additional carriers. McKeever said it would provide some coverage along the Northway. He said APA staff expects several more applications for new cell towers in the coming months.  Go to full article

Getting ready for digital TV

Digital TV is coming early next year even for folks with rabbit ears and rooftop antennas. On February 17, 2009, television networks will turn off their analog broadcasts and switch to digital. Experts say viewers can expect clearer pictures, better sound and more channel choices. If you have a TV not connected to a cable or satellite service, it will need a converter box. Todd Sedmak, a spokesman for the TV Converter Box Coupon Program, through the Commerce Department, explains. For more info: 1-888-388-2009.  Go to full article
Governor Spitzer addresses the NYS Farm Bureau (Source:  Office of the Governor, Judy Sanders)
Governor Spitzer addresses the NYS Farm Bureau (Source: Office of the Governor, Judy Sanders)

Spitzer wants universal broadband for rural New York

Governor Eliot Spitzer used his appearance yesterday at the statewide Farm Bureau meeting in Niagara Falls to unveil a new push for rural internet access. Spitzer says high-speed broadband and wireless will play a big part in making farms and other rural businesses more competitive.  Go to full article

Lawmakers demand Northway cell towers by winter

A group of North Country lawmakers is joining with members of a local rescue squad and the AAA driving club to demand temporary cell phone towers on I-87. A remote stretch of the highway has no phone service. The lack of towers was blamed for a death last winter. As Brian Mann reports, supporters say temporary towers might save lives.  Go to full article
MLPBS tower collapsed in April
MLPBS tower collapsed in April

Helicopters lift material for PBS tower on Lyon Mt.

Helicopters are flying this week over Lyon Mountain in Clinton County. They're rebuilding the massive broadcast tower owned by Mountain Lake Public Television, based in Plattsburgh. A spring storm knocked out the station's main broadcasting signal. Brian Mann has this update.  Go to full article

Cell phone summit in Saranac Lake

North Country lawmakers will hold a public session on cell phone coverage this morning in Saranac Lake. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Cell phone tragedy sparks controversy, debate

The harrowing death of a 63-year-old man on the Northway last week has revived a bitter feud over cell phone coverage in the Adirondacks. Alfred Langer, from Brooklyn, died of exposure after running his car off the highway last Thursday. He was trapped with his wife Barbara for more than 32 hours before state police spotted the wreck in a ravine. Barbara Langer survived the ordeal and is described in fair condition. As Brian Mann reports, what was once a regional feud over cell service has quickly escalated into a statewide controversy.  Go to full article

With 7 Papers, Denton Covers the North Country

Yesterday, we reported that Denton Publications, based in Elizabethtown, has purchased the North Creek News-Enterprise, an 80-year old newspaper in the town of Johnsburgh. Denton Publications has become a major force in the north country newspaper business. The chain employs more than seventy people. Denton's seven newspapers stretch from southern St. Lawrence County all the way to the Vermont chore of the Champlain Valley. Dan Alexander is president and publisher of Denton Publications. He told Brian Mann that his chain serves different needs in different communities.  Go to full article

Plans Underway to Upgrade Northway Cell Phone Coverage

The state has selected a contractor to reactivate emergency call boxes on a remote section of the Adirondack Northway. Wells Communications, with offices in Plattsburgh, Troy, Canton and Great Bend, was the successful bidder the project. The work is expected to begin as soon as the contracts are finalized. In the meantime, as Chris Knight reports, state lawmakers are still pushing ahead with plans to improve cell phone coverage on the highway.  Go to full article

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