WAMU 88.5 : News

Cell Phone Companies Warn of Delays During Inauguration.

Play associated audio

First, Inauguration planners warned there were no rooms left. Then they predicted roads and subways would be overwhelmed by the crush of visitors.

Now, wireless companies are telling customers to expect delays and dropped calls during the swearing-in.

Wireless industry spokesman Joe Farren says the infrastructure that cellphone carriers rely on will face the same pressures as its brick and mortar counterparts on Inauguration Day. He says cellphone carriers will be bringing in mobile towers and trucks to boost wireless capacity, but there is a physical limit to how many calls can go through at one time. Farren has a few simple rules for inauguration: text, don't talk and hold off on sending any cellphone pictures.


'We're Mostly Republicans': New Hampshire Voters Explained By 'Our Town'

After NPR's Bob Mondello used The Music Man to help explain the Iowa caucuses, he wished there was a musical of Our Town so he could do the same for New Hampshire. It turns out there is one.

Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.

5 Things To Know About President Obama's Budget

This is Obama's last chance to give Congress his full policy wish list in budget form.
WAMU 88.5

Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.