How About a Little Cellular Coverage in Croton?

The dead zone of mobile coverage in Croton-on-Hudson has become the stuff of legend. That should change.

There is no delicate way to put this. Mobile phone coverage in most of Croton-on-Hudson is, as my grandfather would say, nota-sogood. 

There is much to love about the area; the food, the charm, the sights, and the people all rock. But making a mobile phone call? Good luck. We spent of chunk of Sunday at Croton Dam Park, then spent some time in Senasqua. At the dam, I noticed a text message from a real estate agent regarding a deal we are working on. When I responded, my first attempt was rejected for lack of signal. This was not a call, mind you. It was a modest text, a fraction of a call's bandwidth. 

It isn't very different in many other places in the area. On Grand Street at a lawyer's office, my attorney friend frowns at the notion of decent coverage. Up in Mount Airy, nothing doing. They need another tower -or something, I'm no expert- because poor coverage in 2012 isn't just a quality of life issue, it is also a matter of safety these days. 

We should be able to complete a cell phone call in Westchester County in this day and age. The argument is not just a lowest common denominator matter like being able to make a call if we have a flat tire or emergency, although as the father of a special needs child I kind of would prefer to be reachable when I am in Croton. It is a quality of life  and commerce issue. I use my cell phone for business. I need to check my email on my tablet. I should be able to do, on my mobile device, anything in Croton that I can do in Peekskill, Briarcliff or Irvington. I just should. It is 2012. 

The urban myth whispered when no one is around is that a miltant group of soccer moms is steadfastly against a tower corrupting Croton's pristine immaculata. I don't know, although I am certain that matters of this nature always have roots in politics. But isn't that ironic? Aren't most people who choose to live in Croton quite aware of what goes on a few miles up 9A? If you can live with nuclear fission a short skip away, would it be OK, if the place does blow, that I could pull over and make a phone call to loved ones before I melt? 


For more real estate commentary, log onto Westchester Real Estate Blog, authored by J. Philip Faranda, broker and owner of J. Philip Real Estate

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Kish Melwani June 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Thanks for bringing this up, Phil. I had at least 3 important phone calls last week that were cut off at the same point in Croton when travelling from Ossining to Peekskill on 9A. Horrible!
J Philip Faranda June 25, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Kish, I'll bet I know the exact spot.
Melissa June 26, 2012 at 06:39 PM
I agree completely I live on Mt. Airy near the dam and I can't get cell reception. The interesting thing is if you look at Verizon's 3G map all of Croton shows exception service and when I call to complain to them, they tell me that the service is fine in that area based on their map. Glad to know I'm not the only one.
Lisa Buchman June 26, 2012 at 07:14 PM
When I moved to Lewisboro 8 years ago, the attorneys on both sides at our closing said we were next and would have coverage within a year. Calls still dropped on Route 35 routinely and the only reason I get cel service inside my home is because of an AT&T booster we have hooked up. I agree on the business side and from a safety perspective too.


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