AT&T to Boost Service for Upcoming Solar Eclipse in Central Oregon

Madras and Mitchell, Ore. – As thousands plan to converge in Central Oregon on Aug. 21 to enjoy the first solar eclipse to pass over the continental United States since 1979, AT&T will be bringing in extra network support so customers can share this milestone astronomical moment with friends and family.

The cell provider is bringing in two Cell on Wheels (COWs) – or mobile cell sites – to get ready for the large number of smartphone users in Mitchell and Madras.

The COWs boosts internet connectivity. The improved coverage will give customers faster and more reliable connections as astronomy fans capture the solar eclipse and share with their friends and family on social media.

“This solar eclipse will be one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments customers will want to share with their social network through texts, pictures, and videos,” said Mike Maxwell, Vice President and General Manager of AT&T Pacific Northwest. “We’re working to give them great coverage and fast speeds.”

In 2016, AT&T made over 700 wireless network upgrades in Oregon.

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