Friday, August 30, 2013

Alamosa County Welcomes Verizon Tower with Open Arms

While often time’s members of communities are upset over the possibility of a cell tower, the residents of Alamosa County, Colorado couldn’t be more pleased about Verizon’s plan to bring six new cell phone towers to the Valley. The first location was approved this past Wednesday for Highway 160.

The communications provider intends to install the six towers to fill the cell phone service void in eastern Alamosa County and northwest Costilla County, placing three towers in each, said Verizon representative Kelly Harrison, Closser Consulting during the ACC’s regular meeting. (Source: Valley Courier)

These new towers will enable Verizon’s 4G LTE data capabilities and provide the nearby emergency responder with more defined information from 911 calls. The FCC estimated that about 70% of 911 calls are placed from a cell phone and that number is only growing.

“While the location of the cell site closest to the 911 caller may provide a general indication of the caller’s location, that information is not usually specific enough for rescue personnel to deliver assistance to the caller quickly,” the FCC explains.

The 4G LTE data is able provide more detailed information to emergency responders, which will help when someone dials 911 from a cell phone. However, when calling 911 from a cell phone make sure to give your address first so the responders will be able to locate you quickly.

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