Verizon Cell Service Has Been Restored in Most of Colorado Flood-Ravaged Areas

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When cell sites became inaccessible due to the flooding and washed out roadways in Colorado, Verizon Wireless worked overtime to restore cell phone service. They have placed a temporary cell site on wheels (COW) in Lyons, Colorado until the permanent cell sites can be repaired.
Verizon crews used a helicopter to reach flood damaged facilities in Estes Park to fully restore service by Saturday evening.  Microwave transmission facilities were installed to carry voice and data traffic from area cell sites to the company’s switching center, bypassing miles of damaged fiber lines,” according to Verizon’s press release.
Verizon Wireless service status by community as of Sunday morning:

  • Estes Park – Equipment and crews airlifted in; full service restored
  • Lyons – Temporary cell site activated; full service restoral pending
  • Boulder – Two sites previously lost commercial power; full service restored
  • Longmont — No cell sites out of service
  • Greeley and Fort Collins – No cell sites out of service
  • Thayne, WY – Full service restored

September 16, 2013 |

Common Ground Fair Uses Temporary Cell Tower To Meet Demand

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Each year about 60,000 people flock to Main for the Common Ground Fair and last year the cellular networks had a difficult time handling the demand for cell phone service. This year, the organizers of the Common Ground Fair are setting up a temporary cell phone tower so fair goers will have better reception.
The Common Group Country Fair is held in Unity, Maine and will run from September 20-22. This fair celebrates farm practices, folk traditions and artisan crafts so it felt right that there wasn’t cell phone reception during the fair. However safety is always a concern, which is why the fair organizers decided to install a temporary tower.

The fair is put on by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, an organization designed to promote the growth of organic food and environmentally sound farming practices and provide support for farmers and gardeners. Many of the regular fair goers aren’t upset about this implementation of the tower. A lot of the vendors use mobile payment systems and there is a mobile map that can be downloaded for patrons to use. 

September 11, 2013 |

Verizon Uses Solar-Powered Network Equipment for Firefighters Battling California’s Largest Wildfire

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On August 20th, Verizon Wireless responded to a request from local authorities in Walnut Creek, California to provide additional network coverage to support the emergency personnel battling the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park.
Boosting coverage and capacity to existing cell sites in the area also enhances wireless coverage so that emergency response teams and other Verizon Wireless customers can make more calls and send more data transmissions faster,” Verizon said in a press release.
Verizon also provided wireless phones and mobile broadband Jetpacks to the fire command crews to enhance voice and data communications. In2012, Verizon Wireles invested $641 million in California to provide new wireless services, expanding network coverage and capacity for customers across the state.

As of Sunday evening, the fire had burned 224 square miles and it remained only 7 percent contained. There are approximately 2,850 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, California Fire and many local agencies battling California’s largest wildfire this past weekend. 

August 26, 2013 |

Problems With Sprint At Minnesota State Fair Upset Patrons

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The Minnesota State Fair began last Thursday and will run until Labor Day on September 2nd. If you’re roaming the park enjoying the attractions, animal exhibits, the shows or parades then make sure to keep track of your group or you may have trouble reuniting with them, especially if you have Sprint.

Sprint brought in a cell phone tower to increase network coverage during the fair, but it hasn’t been working properly and technicians are now waiting for the parts to be delivered in order to fix it. The network was working just fine until the late afternoon when crowds showed up with their smart phones, which ended up overwhelming the network. Sprint is working to get this problem under control but until they fix the temporary cell tower, coverage will be spotty. 

August 26, 2013 |

Wireless Communications Is Key to Fire Fighters’ Safety

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The summer season tends to dry out the grass and other vegetation, which allows lightening to have more of an impact on this foliage causing wildfires to break out more often than usual. When fire fighters head out to these fires, it’s imperative that they have clear connections to wireless communications so that they can remain safe and secure.
In Wyoming, Union Wireless is supporting fire fighters by locating solar COW (Cellular on Wheels) to a remote site in Carbon County to assist fire fighters who are currently fighting the West Battle Creek Fire. COWs are used to expand emergency service because they provided network coverage to a wide area that may not usually be covered.
In the Wyoming Business Report, Eric Woody, chief technology and operations officer for Union Wireless, explained that, “The firefighters within the command center will be using this system to receive updates on weather conditions and to provide feedback to the state and federal agencies supporting the field operations.”

This technology is very expensive but Union Wireless believes that without it the fire fighters would not be able to serve the community in the best way possible. 

July 30, 2013 |
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