Skip to comments.Cellphone service could be spotty for rural eclipse-watchers
Posted on 07/30/2017 9:57:42 AM PDT by BenLurkin
If you plan to livestream next months solar eclipse from one of the prime viewing spots...
Were expecting a good experience but there will be times at peak where the network will struggle, said Paula Doublin, assistant vice president for construction and engineering for AT&T, the nations second-largest provider.
Some communities are hosting eclipse-watch gatherings that are expected to draw tens of thousands of people.
The 6,700 residents of Madras, Oregon, will be far outnumbered by visitors, and Verizon, AT&T and Sprint all plan to bring portable towers for its event.
AT&T will deploy eight portable cell towers across the country in Madras and Mitchell, Oregon; Columbia, Owensville and Washington in Missouri; Carbondale, Illinois; Hopkinsville, Kentucky; and Glendo Reservoir, Wyoming.
It is very much akin to a national championship week that occurs with the NCAA or pro sports, except its happening in a 3,000-mile-long band, Doublin said.
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So what? You don’t need cell service to observe the eclipse.
I’m seriously considering being in downtown Asheville, NC for totality, it should be an adventure worthy of National Geographic with all the wiccan wackadoodles doing their thing.
First World Problems.
We are driving 4 hours to Kentucky to see the total eclips.
“You dont need cell service to observe the eclipse.”
For many these days, if you’re not streaming it, it’s like it never happened.
“Cellphone service could be spotty for rural eclipse-watchers”
rural cellphone service is already spotty WITHOUT eclipse-watchers, at least it is for pretty much for every area of the Rocky Mountain states not in an actual urban area.
Literally will be like being back in the Dark Ages! LOL
I have a home in West Kentucky and now people are wanting to rent a room as all the hotels have been full for years.
Getting a room is pretty much out of the question down here but it’s within a day’s drive up and back. We’ll be just getting back from the OBX but I think I’ll keep the rented Yukon for a couple more days and we’ll make a run up there.
We saw the one in Hawaii. Get to high ground if you can; the beaches were fogged in but we were up on the mesa. It was amazing to see - get there if you can.
I just noticed that the lengthiest period of totality is over the New Madrid fault and it gave me a chill. Stupid, I know, but it did.
Yep, the New Madrid fault is a part of the coverage area.
Ben, long time admirer. I’m taking a 700 mile road trip to the Tennessee/North Carolina border to watch this momentous event. Nothing but 100% total blackout will do.
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