Maryland Residents Blame ICC for Poor Cell Phone Service

Olney residents complain of bad cell phone signals near the new highway

Thursday, Nov 17, 2011  |  Updated 7:56 PM EDT
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Md. Residents Blame ICC for Poor Cell Service

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Some Olney, Md., residents say their cell phone signals are awful, and they are blaming it on the Intercounty Connector.

Some experts say the problems could be related to the toll transponders or the electric message signs along the roadway.

According to an article in The Gazette, officials with the Maryland Transit Authority disagree, saying both systems were tested before the road opened.  Neither is on a conflicting frequency and no problems were detected in those tests.

The Federal Communications Commission says it will investigate the issue.

The newest section of the ICC is expected to open later this month.  It will run from Georgia Avenue to Interstate 95 in Laurel.  The first section of the roadway opened in February.  When the project is complete it will link Interstate 370 in Gaithersburg with I-95 in Prince George's County.

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