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Why does my cell phone not work in some of the schools?

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Building materials can affect cell phone reception. (StarNews file photo)

According to New Hanover County Schools communications specialist Russell Rivenbark, numerous factors affect cell phone use in schools and other large buildings.

“One primary reason is building construction,” Russell stated. “All construction materials affect cellular signals. Brick, steel, glass and even sheetrock reduce the signal strength as it passes through the materials.

“Cellular signals typically operate in a high frequency range and the higher a signal is, the harder it is for that signal to penetrate any obstacle.”

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