The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors is updating county code to improve cell phone service after a storm-related death was blamed on a lack of service.
In June, Cate Ford of Scottsville, was killed after a tree fell on her when she got out of her car on Scottsville Road near Keene to try and get cell phone reception.
Albemarle's personal wireless facility policy was written in 2001 and sets regulations on how the county approves cell phone towers. Regulations include how tall towers can be above the tree line.
Supervisors are working with representatives from Verizon, AT&T, nTelos and Sprint. They hope to re-write the county's cell tower policy in September.
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