Will Verizon Wireless be the 'better network' for the total solar eclipse?


    COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - We are just 11 days away from the total solar eclipse and more than a million people are estimated to be coming to the Midlands, leading Verizon Wireless customers to wonder if the powerhouse phone service provider will still be the best.

    Whether it's meeting up with family and friends or trying to capture the solar eclipse on your phone, cell service is a hot topic, especially for Verizon Wireless customers.

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    The self-proclaimed "largest network" wants its customers to keep in mind that Monday, Aug. 21 will not be a normal network day.

    Verizon says it has spent the last few years trying to advance its network in preparation for this special event.

    As of now, it plans to use Cell on Wheels, also known as COWs, or temporary network assets in Oregon and Kentucky, but there's no word on how it will carry out business around the Midlands.

    A statement issued by a Verizon Wireless representative says: "We continue to evaluate the situation as we receive new information/updates and will determine the necessity for increased capacity at that time using our proven process which allows our network teams to validate our network in the area prior to the event and monitor our network during the event for any capacity issues."

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