CoverageCo, a subsidiary of Vanu Inc,
is a company dedicated to solving the challenge of rural cell phone coverage.
We have designed a small cell service distribution device that can
be mounted on a utility pole or building and can deliver service to a phone with any
carrier. The radios use minimal electricity (the same amount as a 60-watt bulb) and can
provide cell service through any broadband connection. By providing service for many
carriers at once, the CoverageCo approach allows for cell service to reach rural areas
without building massive cell towers. Because of our collaborative service to multiple
carriers, we can do so at a cost that allows for deployment in more sparsely populated
In 2014, CoverageCo and the State of Vermont entered into a joint partnership to pilot
the technology. We currently have radios up in 145 locations and are in the process of
adding additional coverage. The partnership has been an excellent one as we have learned
together what works and how to strengthen the model. Together we have brought cell service
to thousands of Vermonters and, perhaps more importantly, we have delivered mobile 911
service to parts of the state that previously had no access to emergency service for
CoverageCo locations provide complete service to T-Mobile and Sprint customers, and
voice-only service to most Verizon and US Cellular customers. Verizon customers with
data cards that do not support voice service and do not support CDMA can receive
To date, AT&T has chosen not to allow their customers to use the CoverageCo service.
Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) like TracFone, Republic, AARP, etc. generally
cannot utilize the CoverageCo network due to their arrangements with their host carriers.
We are excited to continue working with the state and with local communities to provide more
cell service and access to 911 service to rural communities.