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7/20/2020 - CHAMBER CALLS FOR ADIRONDACK CELL SERVICE PROGRESS AS MAJOR LESSON OF THE PANDEMIC
The North Country Chamber of Commerce has joined with Adirondack local governments and other partners in calling upon the Adirondack Park Agency for an urgent and comprehensive review of its cell tower policies and guidelines, aimed at supporting higher towers and other measures to substantially close cell phone service gaps in the region.
"Once thought of as a matter of convenience," the Chamber states in a recent letter to the APA, "21st century communications such as cell service have now been proven to be essential to daily life, from access to health care and education to crucial access to employment via distance and to timely information. Add the huge challenges ahead in rebuilding the region's tourism economy -- which will continue to be more and more dependent on such communication access -- and then the consensus that community sustainability is dependent on attracting younger residents who in turn are dependent on basic daily services such as cell phones and we are at an historic crossroads calling out for reassessment and updating of APA policies."