Research Positioning Assignment

My topic is about how cell phone towers are not evenly spread out around the United States. For the interview I will be doing it with my uncle. Here is my annotated bibliography.

Bell, Terena. “How Cellular Dead Zones Hurt Rural Towns.” The American Conservative, The American Conservative, 17 Mar. 2017,

This article is about how there are dead zones in rural towns and how they are very bad. The dead zones are essentially areas where there is no service at all. This relates to topic since dead zones are a serious issue that needs to be resolved.

BLOOM, ROBERT M., and WILLIAM T. CLARK. “Small Cells, Big Problems: The Increasing Precision of Cell Site Location Information and the Need for Fourth Amendment Protections.” Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, vol. 106, no. 2, Spring 2016, pp. 167–202. EBSCOhost,

This article is about a technology in which cell phone providers can provide additional coverage. This technology actually uses peoples exiting smartphones to give off a slightly boost the coverage. This relates to my topic since this may be possible solution to the problem with rural areas. While this is a very subtle improvement it is indeed an improvement.

Buys, Piet, et al. “Determinants of a Digital Divide in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Spatial Econometric Analysis of Cell Phone Coverage.” World Development, vol. 37, no. 9, Sept. 2009, pp. 1494–1505. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.worlddev.2009.01.011.

This article is about how cell phone coverage in Africa literally divides the continent. What I mean by this is that areas with cell service are more populated and overall a much better place to live in. This relates to my topic since the people living in areas with good coverage look down upon people living in rural areas as there is no service.

Couper, Mick P., et al. “New Options for National Population Surveys: The Implications of Internet and Smartphone Coverage.” Social Science Research, vol. 73, July 2018, pp. 221–235. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2018.03.008.

This article is about how cell phone coverage affects people and how we need options. This relates to my topic since in rural areas there usually is only one option on what phone provider you want and that needs to be addressed.

Dunne, Matt. “Rural America’s Future Is Riding on a Cell Signal | Backchannel.” Wired, Conde Nast, 28 June 2017,

This article is about how life is in a rural area with almost no cell service at all. This relates to my topic since this talks about all the struggles of living in the modern era with little to no cell service.