Verizon Wireless Deploys Repeater To Westcliffe, Colorado, To Help Duckett Fire Emergency Crews Make More Calls

What/when:   On June 14, 2011, Verizon Wireless deployed a network Repeater and Trailer (RAT) to provide additional wireless coverage and capacity for emergency crews battling the Duckett Fire near Westcliffe, Colorado.  As of Friday, June 17, the fire has burned nearly 3,000 acres and is less than 10% contained.  

Reliability:      In addition to its fleet of mobile equipment, Verizon Wireless’ reputation as the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G wireless network is supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures.  This has proven particularly valuable during natural disasters and other emergencies across the country.

Standard Verizon Wireless network-reliability features include battery back-up power at all facilities as well as generators installed at all switching facilities and many cell site locations.

Network investment: Since 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $1 billion in its wireless network in Colorado, and more than $65 billion nationally.

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