PSC seeks comments on cell phone dead zones

CORINTH, Miss. — The public service commissioner for the northern region of Mississippi is seeking public feedback on cell phone dead zones to help improve coverage in rural areas.

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is pushing a “Zap the Gap” campaign to help determine areas where there is consumer demand but little or no coverage.

Wireless carriers have received about $512 million from the Universal Service Fund paid by consumers. The fund is intended to increase deployment of cell service in rural areas.

Presley wants feedback from residents of areas with poor coverage and those who regularly travel through areas where calls are frequently dropped. He said reliable cell service is an important factor in safety and quality of life.

The Associated Press