10 Best Cities for Mobile Networks Lansing comes in at No. 1 By Newser Editors, Newser Staff Posted Aug 15, 2016 10:03 AM CDT 2 comments Comments Can you hear me now? (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Newser) – Being in a big city doesn't always translate into having a great mobile network performance. The New York City area, for example, may be the most populous in the nation, but it comes in at a mediocre 59th in a new ranking by RootMetrics. The site looked at the 125 biggest metro areas in the US and ranked them on a variety of factors including overall performance, reliability, speed, and call and text performance. The top 10: Lansing, Mich. (117th biggest area) Indianapolis (32) Atlanta (9) Milwaukee (34) Chicago (3) Knoxville, Tenn. (73) Modesto, Calif. (104) Sacramento (27) Tampa (17) Jackson, Miss. (106) Click for the full ranking, which is bad news for Hudson Valley, NY.