For Immediate Release:

New AT&T Tower Helps Monroe & Northampton County

Monroe County Dead Cell Zone Project Reports AT&T* customers and FirstNet subscribers in Monroe County get big boost in wireless connectivity

(Monroe County, Pennsylvania) – The Monroe County Dead Cell Zone Project is very pleased to report AT&T has increased its wireless connectivity in both Monroe and Northampton County. The Project is a group of dedicated citizens as well as elected and appointed officials focused on getting Monroe County the best broadband and cell-service at the most affordable pricing. Since taking office in January, new Monroe County Commissioner Chairman, Sharon Laverdure has made broadband and cell service a top priority.

The new AT&T site sits high above Wind Gap along Route 33 and will enhance coverage north toward Saylorsburg and south toward Ackermanville. These enhancements also bring Band 14 spectrum to the area. Band 14 is nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet. It provides public safety with a dedicated lane of connectivity when needed. When not in use by FirstNet subscribers, AT&T customers can enjoy Band 14’s added coverage and capacity. 

FirstNet is built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority. It’s designed to help first responders in Pennsylvania and across the country connect to the critical information they need – when they need it – so they can keep themselves and the communities they serve safer.

“We want our customers to have a great experience. Thanks to this investment, they’ll be able to experience better network connectivity while streaming videos, sharing on social media or texting family and friends,” said David Kerr, president, AT&T Pennsylvania.  “We’re working to provide better mobile broadband coverage for communities and first responders in Monroe County and across Pennsylvania, and we’re investing in our wireless network to accomplish that.”

From 2016 to 2018, AT&T has invested more than $775 million in its Pennsylvania wireless and wired networks. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses.  In 2020, AT&T will invest more than $20 Billion in the US.

The Project was pleased to host Guest Speaker, Matthew M. Bembenick, Executive Director of the Office of Enterprise Wireless Management, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Matthew provided an excellent overview of Commonwealth assets including towers, rights-of-way and property locations as well as descriptions of the seven (7) towers in Monroe County, Pennsylvania.  Matthew told the group his office is looking forward to working together to improve communications in Monroe County.   

Project leader Kelly Lewis thanked Chuck Leonard for his foresight in supporting multiple communications projects over the past 15-years that have better-positioned Monroe County and former County Commissioner Janet Weidensaul for her long-standing leadership on Monroe2020, Monroe2030 and dozens of critical infrastructure projects. Chuck Leonard is the Executive Director of the Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation. Calling Monroe County one of the most challenging counties for broadband and cell services, Lewis also thanked Blue Ridge Cable for their extensive investment and service across Monroe County.

Lewis asked municipalities to quickly identify 6 to 8 preferred locations for cell sites or cell-site optimizations. Prior projects have created strong recurring revenue for fire and ambulance companies, non-profits, resorts, community associations, school districts and municipalities, as well as private property owners.  Lewis thanked Bob Heeter of Saylorsburg for offering his property as a cell location. Of course, sites must meet zoning and tower regulations!

In creating an Monroe Asset List of available cell locations, the Project is asking fire and ambulance companies, municipalities, nonprofits and private property owners to send site locations to

Bushkill Ambulance Company and Lake Manzanedo Rod & Gun Club are offering site locations in Wooddale, Middle Smithfield Township ideally situated to support a cell tower in a strategic location with poor to zero cell service that could serve nearly a thousand homes.

With 90% of emergency calls generated from cell phones, dead cell zones represent a public safety risk to citizens, families and first responders.

Statement: “Monroe County has dead cell zone areas that are a risk to every citizens and family as well as our hard-working First-Responders. Through the survey, we identified dozens of dead cell zones. Let’s keep working together to identify potential cell locations that fix Monroe dead cell zones. The Project is available to meet or speak with municipal leaders to ask them to identify 6-8 preferred locations that can also generate reoccurring revenue for first responders, municipalities, non-profits, resorts, community associations and private property owners. Let’s fix this now!”

Get Involved:

The next meetings of the Monroe County Dead Cell Zone Project will be 09:00 am on March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2, 2020, at the Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors, 2214 W Main St, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, USA.  Register at or

You are welcome to call me anytime, 24/7 at your convenience to discuss how we can make this happen. Kelly Lewis 570.510.7745,

Thank you to Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors for hosting the monthly meetings, and all supporting organizations advancing this much-needed Project. We also thank our state delegation for supporting the need for broadband and cell service improvements.

Monroe Dead Cell Zone Project
Survey Results from Polling August 2019 – September 25, 2019
Identified and Verified Dead Cell Zones
  2214 West Main Street, Stroudsburg
258 Harvest Lane Pocono Summit
Analomink Lake
Analomink, PA
Any Valley away from the Stroudsburgs
Back side of Camelback Mountain, between Tannersville and Mc Michaels
Barrett and Price and Route 447/191 corridors
Barrett Township
Barrett Township
Barrett Township
Blakeslee – Brier Crest woods neighborhood Blakeslee Corners
Blue Mountain Lake Estates
Bushkill, Middle Smithfield and Lehman Townships
Bushkill Elementary
Cherry Tree Church Lane in Stroud Township
Cherry Valley – Rt 191, Poplar Valley Rd, Cherry Valley Rd
Chestnut Hill Township
Coolbaugh Rd, East Stroudsburg,
Coolbaugh, the Village of Coolbaugh
Coolbaugh/Tobyhanna Township through Gamelands
Delaware Water Gap
East Stroudsburg needs better service
Effort at the intersection on Toll Road and Jonas Roads
Eldred Township
ESU dormitories
Jackson Township
Jackson Township
Jackson Township, near Deibert & Balson
Kalahari resort
Kalahari resort
Lake Manzanedo – (The POA is offering their property as a cell location)
Lake Naomi – Tanglewood Dr and Millers Drive in Lake Naomi
Lake Naomi & Pocono Lake areas
Lake Naomi area in Pocono Pines
Lake of the Pines, Middle Smithfield Township
Lehman Township – Bushkill
Long Pond – Pocono Raceway
Marshalls Creek north toward Pike County line
Middle Smithfield Township
Middle Smithfield Township
Monroe County business parks
Monroe/Pike county line
Monroe/Pike county line
Mount Pocono Borough
Mountainhome (private property owner offering cell location)
Neola (parts of Jackson and Chestnuthill)
Northern part of Middle Smithfield
Northern part of Price Township
Pleasant Valley School District
Pocohontas Lake Pocahontas Road
Pocono Manor
Pocono Country Place
Pocono Mountain School District
Pocono Pines
Pocono Twp- Scotrun, Swiftwater
Ressica Falls, Middle Smithfield Township
River Road past Shawnee, Smithfield Township
River Road whole thing, Smithfield and Middle Smithfield Townships
Route 115
Route 115 and Route 209 intersection
Route 115 at the S-curve just north of the intersection of State Rd and Route 115 and south of the intersection of Mountain Rd. and Route 115.
Route 115 for about 2 miles on either side of the intersection of Route 715 and Neola Rd.
Route 115 going downhill near Effort
Route 115 in Saylorsburg
Route 191
Route 191 between Stroudsmoor and the Northampton county line.
Route 191 North above Mountainhome
Route 209 by Petrizzos
Route 209 by the Oak Grove
Route 209 by the Marshalls creek bypass
Route 209 from Buttermilk Falls Rd to the Roundabout in Smithfield Township.
Route 209 in Marshall’s Creek
Route 209 near Wind Gap
Route 209 South from Stroudsburg thru West End
Route 209 South towards the Marshalls Creek bypass
Route 209, Lake of the Pines
Route 33 between Saylorsburg and Wind Gap
Route 390/447 Canadensis
Route 390N past Skytop
Route 447 above Penn hills
Route 447 and Route 191 Intersections
Route 447 between Analomink & Canadensis
Route 447 past Analomink
Route 447 past old Penn Hills
Route 611
Route 611 by Stroudsburg
Route 611 North of Mount Pocono
Route 611 past Stroud Mall
Route 715 and Cherry Tree Lane Rd
Route 940 near Van Gilders Jubilee
Route 940, Pocono Pines, 18350
Running Valley Road
Saw Creek, Middle Smithfield and Lehman Township
Saw Creek
Shaffer School House Rd and Business 209, Stroudsburg
Shawnee area, the entire length of Hollow & River Roads
Shawnee Hollow Road,
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area
Shawnee on Delaware 
Shawnee on Delaware to Minisink Hills
Shawnee on the Delaware
Smithfield Township
Snow Hill Rd
Stroud Township
Tannersville, Pocono Township
Tannersville, Route 715, Pocono Township
Tannersville, Cherry Church Lane Pocono Township
Tobyhanna Township
Top of Fawn Rd and Brushy Mtn, Smithfield Township
Upper Seese Hill Rd
Water Gap, Delaware Water Gap Borough, Cherry Valley Road
Wilderness Acres, Middle Smithfield Township Winona Lakes, Middle Smithfield Township
Winona Lakes
Winona Lakes the whole place
Wooddale –
Wooddale – Lesoine Heights
Wooddale by the Church
Wooddale Road

For Immediate Release

Kelly Lewis, JD/MBA

President & CEO

Lewis Strategic, PLLC

Galbraith House

311 Skyport Road

Mechanicsburg, PA 17050