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 |

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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