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Monday, November 01, 2004

Cell Phone Coverage Beefed Up in "Swing States"

Yet another curious factoid from this most curious of elections: Wireless carriers are working to ensure that their networks can handle the increased number of calls expected in so-called "swing states" before, during and after Election Day. Verizon and Cingular are both shoring up their networks in Florida, where they were put to the test during the recent spate of hurricanes.

This speaks to the expected record voter turnout, the amount of chaos anticipated after polls close tomorrow night, and to our growing dependence on mobile communication. Cell phones likely won't be the only technology facing pressure tomorrow; as more than half of all Americans rely on the Net for political news, many will surely be online from now through tomorrow night, hitting news websites and blogs, and e-mailing and instant-messaging their friends and colleagues.

Source: Techdirt