Obama brings cell power to the Vineyard
August 20th, 2011


If Phones Ring, Obama Is Here, With Cell Power, reports the New York Times today. Presidential vacations on Martha’s Vineyard transform the usual spotty cellular service. When POTUS is there “something magical happens.” From the NYT story:

“Suddenly my phone starts ringing,” said Rachel Fox, an entertainment lawyer from Manhattan whose family has a home here. “There are people for whom this is a very big deal — not just that the president comes, but that their cellphones work while he’s here.”

The better reception is due to two temporary cell towers (known as cell on wheels) that Verizon puts up here and in neighboring West Tisbury, said Timothy R. Carroll, the executive secretary in Chilmark. He said the White House Communications Agency, which handles phone systems for the president and other federal officials, had requested the towers. . .

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