Friday, November 4, 2011

Improving Cell Phone Reception


Remember that ad about cell phone reception - "can you hear me now?"

Vacationers to Ocean City NJ, may not see the humor in it, however, if they were trying to use cell phones or laptops during the height of the season. That's because reception has been poor when the local population increases so dramatically and with it the use of wireless devices. In fact, it's been reported that 100,000 people compete for bandwidth during busy summer weekends!

The good news is that NextG Networks recently presented a proposal to City Council to "dramatically expand the capability of the local network," according to a company spokesperson. This company plans, builds, and operates equipment used by cell phone companies.  They hope to install 12 new antennas throughout the the area between First Street and Twelfth Street to address cell phone reception issues.

AT&T reports that usage increased an amazing 8,000% between 2007 and 1010!  So, this system is clearly needed for vacationers and local businesses alike; we'll be keeping an eye on this situation.

INNsider Tip: The Scarborough Inn provides complimentary wireless Internet for guests - just one of our "modern amenities."

Carol & Gus, Innkeepers
Scarborough Inn
an Ocean City NJ Bed and Breakfast

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