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AT&T And Hurricane Teaming Up To Provide Better Cell Service

Reported by: Send eMail Chris Williams
Reported: Jun. 26, 2014 6:06 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 27, 2014 9:28 AM EDT
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Better Service Putnam
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Hurricane , Putnam County , West Virginia

Cell phones have not been around for very long, and when they first came out they were used mostly for solely making calls. Now we use them to text and surf the web, but none of that can be done if your phone does not have service.

"That data is extremely important to people. They want to be able to hit the button on their phone, and get it now," Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards said.

Getting up-to-date information and staying in constant contact is especially important to emergency personnel. In Putnam County, service can be pretty spotty in places. Some areas have no service at all.

"It's a life and death situation sometimes, so we need all the ability we can get for communication," Frank Chapman, Putnam County emergency management director. said.

AT&T has made a deal with the city of Hurricane to install two new towers. One will be right off Interstate 64, behind Mid-Way Ford, and the other behind Copart on U.S. Route 60. Once they are built, the city will put antennas on the towers, which will give emergency personnel a stronger signal and allow them to get the full benefit of new communication equipment.

"The statewide radio interoperability system is the statewide radio communications," Chapman said. "A radio can talk from one end of the state to the other."

Chapman said better communication saves lives and gives first responders peace of mind, knowing people can ask for help whenever they need to, wherever they are.



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