T-Mobile claims to customers via T-Mobile's website that its coverage in north Medina on a 45-foot pole is "Excellent", but then, in order to win its lawsuit against Medina, T-Mobile concurrently swears to a judge that on a 45-foot pole its coverage in north Medina is almost non-existent. How can both be true?
Since we first started checking in June 2014, T-Mobile has consistently given its coverage in north Medina, using a 45-foot tower, its highest rating of "Excellent", showing no gaps in coverage, and showing indoor connectivity throughout the North Point neighborhood, Medina and the SR-520 corridor. To customers and consumers, T-Mobile pushes its promise that its service is excellent.
But, T-Mobile and its cell-tower partner, Independent Towers (now owned by billion-dollar company, Vertical Bridge) can only prevail in their current lawsuit against Medina if they prove to the court that T-Mobile's service is horrible.
How can wireless coverage be simultaneously Excellent and Horrible, T-Mobile? To consumers, T-Mobile swears that it has “excellent service coverage” in north Medina; but then to the court, it swears it has horrible, barely-there service coverage. (In its court filings, T-Mobile asserts that, using a 45-foot temporary tower, it effectively has no service, and that the minimum height necessary to cure its "significant gap in coverage" (sic) is an 80-foot tower).
One of T-Mobile's claims must be a lie. T-Mobile, are you lying to consumers, or to the judge?
Also, we recently uncovered more of T-Mobile’s apparent sleights of hand in its court filings. T-Mobile’s secret-until-now apple-to-apple data comparisons (which we recently discovered) do not support T-Mobile’s in-court claims of horrible coverage at 45 feet. T-Mobile didn't submit to the court its secret-until-now apple-to-apple data comparisons; instead, it chose to cherry-pick and submitted to the court, and to Medina residents, data comparisons that appear on their face to be apples-to-apples comparisons, but are, in fact, apples-to-oysters comparisons; and their oysters, to no one’s surprise, allegedly “prove” that T-Mobile's coverage is awful at 45 feet. (In depicting the T-Mobile data from its December 2014 testing, the apples-to-apples maps supplied to the City in early 2015 (but withheld from the residents, until July 2015) show essentially no gap in T-Mobile's coverage (i.e., it has excellent coverage) in the Fairweather Park neighborhood at 45 feet (see Exhibit I in our recent motion), but the apples-to-oysters coverage maps submitted to the court by T-Mobile in May 2015 (and submitted to the residents at the same time) are used by T-Mobile to "show" a "significant gap in coverage" at 45 feet (see their map at page 27 of their court filing).)
The maps that T-Mobile filed with the court are misleading in another important way, as well: they don't show the coverage provided to Medina by the other nearby sites that comprise their network, in Medina, Hunts Point, Clyde Hill, Yarrow Point and Seattle.
We demand that T-Mobile play by the rules. T-Mobile's concurrent and yet opposite claims of excellent coverage and horrible coverage cannot both be true. We want answers, and we are determined to get them.
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