“We are expecting more people in our state for a special event than potentially we have ever had,” Oregon Office of Emergency Management Spokesperson Cory Grogan told The Bulletin.
Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint plan to provide portable towers in certain locations along the eclipse’s path, including Oregon, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Wyoming, and Idaho. Not all temporary tower locations are yet finalized.
According to the Daily Times, the Total Solar Eclipse will begin in Oregon (at approximately 11:35 a.m.) and cut diagonally across 14 states, hitting Missouri and Illinois at 1:15 p.m. and 1:25 p.m., respectively, and ending in South Carolina around 2:30 p.m. The best places to see the eclipse – when the moon completely blocks out the sun – is in the “path of totality,” where there will be periods of total darkness up to two minutes and 40 seconds in length. These areas happen to be in rural locations, where cell service is already spotty. And with tens of thousands to upwards of one million people expected in some areas, wireless capacity will be a challenge.
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Posted with Permission from Inside Towers 8/1/17