Terrible cell phone reception on Aquidneck Island – Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth
Service on Aquidneck Island is terrible and spotty. Are you sick of the 4G going to 2G to E and back to 4G with-in a five second span over and over again? Are you sick and tired of waiting 30 seconds for your call to go through? We do know why this is happening. One less tower in Newport, Rhode Island. Does this photo look familiar?
If you live on Rhode Island and belong to the Newport, Middletown, or Portsmouth area, otherwise known as Aquidneck Island, I’m sure you’ve realized by now that your cellphone service isn’t all too great. Whether you have T-Mobile, AT&T, or Verizon, you probably find that more than half of the time, you find yourself frustrated over the fact that most of your calls or texts simply won’t go through.
Not only is this a problem for the residents of Aquidneck, the officials and school board of Aquidneck are being affected by the lack of service in the area as well. In a recent meeting, the three main cell phone service providers, those being, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon, have said that there is a great risk of any and all service in the South of Newport being taken away, and that includes any service that would allow for any emergency 911 calls.
Now, the main cellphone tower sits on the property of Rogers High School. During the Newport School boards last meeting, votes were taken on whether Rogers High School should allow the renewal of a three year contract with all three of the companies. All three companies contracts finish later this year, meaning that after these contracts are over, some type of action has to be taken.
Despite the Newport School board not making a final decision on whether they’d allow the continuation of poor service with these three companies, city officials have now stepped in and made comments of how they will prohibit the loss of service completely, even if only for a short while.
Although city officials have not yet given a definite plan for how they expect to not only continue, but improve, Aquidneck Island’s cellphone service, they have established a plan for extending the lease with T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon, on the tower located on the Rogers High School Property until a permanent plan is set. Until then, residents will have to continue using the not-so-great service on their island, and city officials will have continue going through a process of working out a plan that works for everyone.