Instant Live 8: AT&T uses 'Cell on Wheels' for disasters

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by WYATT GOOLSBY

WFAA

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 19 at 7:59 AM

FARMERS BRANCH - In the moments after a disaster or crisis, communication is key, but often cell phone lines are jammed.

Dallas-based AT&T is working to help disaster victims make emergency calls.

WFAA's Wyatt Goolsby took the Instant Live 8 camera to Farmer's Branch to get a look at AT&T's warehouse, where they are storing a large number of temporary, portable cell towers-cell sites.

This month, AT&T was named the first company in the country to earn the certification for disaster preparedness from Homeland Security. That means the government is going to back AT&T's efforts to get extra cell towers up when there is a disaster like a tornado that wipes out cell coverage.

Goolsby talks about the cell sites with AT&T's Bobby Adams.


 

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