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    AT&T and the March 2018 Nor’easter

    Anybody in the Northeast lose service during the major snowstorm? I found no issues up here in CT. I was able to make calls, use data, and text with no problems.
    Hartford, CT Area

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    No issues in the Providence area. Seemed to hold up well, even though we had a ton of wet snow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimplyDrew View Post
    No issues in the Providence area. Seemed to hold up well, even though we had a ton of wet snow.
    That was fun shoveling this morning.

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    Still works for me.
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    AT&T and the March 2018 Nor’easter

    Typically the number one thing that brings down service is power outages that last more then 4-8+ hours. AT&T sites without backup generators only have 8 hours of battery backup.
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    I recently got att and directv and was surprised how reliable att service has been. They are really starting to beef things up in nc. Had a power outage while visiting family in western nc for 24 hours and att stayed up and worked the entire time

    Overall pretty impressed with them now

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    Never went down for me in Eastern PA. Kept chugging along.

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    Part of the FirstNet contract is hardening all existing cell sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeybutts View Post
    Part of the FirstNet contract is hardening all existing cell sites.

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    For a while I was beginning to wonder how things would go but looks like at&t will take it pretty serious

    I think they get more of the 6b as certain milestones are met

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    There are widespread power outages here in CT, but I haven’t heard of any cell sites going down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRC72 View Post
    There are widespread power outages here in CT, but I haven’t heard of any cell sites going down.
    If you had T-Mobile you would. Whenever we had a power outage we had no service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblue2007 View Post
    If you had T-Mobile you would. Whenever we had a power outage we had no service.
    I’ve heard their not to aggressive when it comes to deploying back up power to their sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblue2007 View Post
    If you had T-Mobile you would. Whenever we had a power outage we had no service.
    That’s the way it is here too. It’s an aggravation when you live in a wooded area prone to outages.Their new sites might be better the closest one to me has been around since suncom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeybutts View Post
    Part of the FirstNet contract is hardening all existing cell sites.

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    Yes but it hasn’t been fully implemented yet. I am still having issues here which will be fixed later this year but no additional outages specifically related to weather. I presume Firstnet will be in the next phase of upgrades. 5G still seems like it will be awhile before we see it.

    AT&T has backup power generation and mobile cellsites and the like. In NYC most infrastructure is below ground. I have seen burning con edison power lines with black smoke from below ground which were fixed after previous storms.

    AT&T and Verizon have the best infrastructure overall for wireless. T-Mobile uses third party fiber optics providers and is not as hardened as Verizon or AT&T and has a lot less resources available. T-Mobile can compete on really fast speeds in parts and has improved over what they used to be however. Sprint is also likely less than optimal for connectivity.

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    AT&T and the March 2018 Nor’easter

    Quote Originally Posted by DRC72 View Post
    I’ve heard their not to aggressive when it comes to deploying back up power to their sites.
    I ditched T-Mobile after 4 months. Dropped calls and the lack of service during an outage.

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