AT&T Deploys Cell site on Wheels

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AT&T Deploys Cell site on Wheels

Postby PaddlerJimmy » Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:59 pm

AT&T Deploys Cell site on Wheels ("COW") at BWCA Fire Command Center to Provide Wireless Communication to Emergency Responders
By AT&T Inc.

ISABELLA, Minn., Sept. 28, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/
-- In an effort to bolster wireless communication for the Pagami Creek fire (http://www.pagamicreekfire.com) fighting effort in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness, AT&T has deployed and activated a COW ("Cell site on Wheels") at the Isabella Community Center, which is serving as the fire command center for the affected region.

"AT&T is working to help ensure residents, firefighters and other emergency responders facing danger in and around the fire zone, maintain essential lines of communication. The temporary cell site will help facilitate strategic communication between the emergency responders who are dedicated to seeing through this dangerous job," said Hardmon Williams, AT&T vice president and general manager for Minnesota and the Northern Plains.

The unit has more range, and replaces the ARMZ unit ("AT&T Remote Mobility Zone"), which AT&T originally deployed over a week ago, at the request of the Lake County Sheriff's office. The ARMZ unit allows for rapid deployment as a temporary solution until a COW with more range could be deployed.

"Part of the reason firefighters have been able to battle the fire so effectively is wireless communications. Fortunately, AT&T set up emergency equipment to aid communications during the disaster and help first responders coordinate their activities. When lives are at stake, we need to have the security that high-speed wireless technology provides. It can be a life-saver," said Dr. Thomas Clifford, 1st District Commissioner, Lake County Board.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.
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