Low-income neighborhoods have worse cell phone service, study finds – Network World

Poor neighborhoods in the U.S. get 15 percent less cell phone coverage than their richer counterparts, a new study has found.

This confirms the “existence of a mobile-divide in the U.S.,” say the researchers from Imperial College Business School in an abstract of their paper published in Telecommunications Policy via ScienceDirect.

“Operators install two fewer mobile antennas per tract in lower income areas for equal distributions of subscribers,” the London business school says. That’s across the board, and it includes both urban and rural areas. So, it isn’t just a rural-divide issue, the researchers say.

When talking about subscribers, the school includes potential subscribers as subscribers, too.

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