AT&T creates jamboree communications network

ATTlogo Thanks to support from AT&T, the BSA's exclusive communications services sponsor, it will be easy to stay connected at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree next month.

As we reported in October, AT&T is offering a vast communications network for jamboree attendees. That's notable because Fort A.P. Hill, Va., the site of this year's jamboree, has in the past experienced spotty cell phone coverage and limited Internet access.

This year, however, AT&T customers will have access to AT&T's wireless network for data services and voice calls.

And everyone, even those who aren't AT&T customers, will have free access to the AT&T Wi-Fi network to get a fast wireless connection while on the jamboree site. That's perfect for sending videos and photos to envious friends and family back home.

Check out the rest of the details:

  • Six “Connection Zones” equipped with AT&T netbooks and wireless devices throughout the jamboree will let Scouts get online and even make free phone calls home.
  • AT&T will offer Wi-Fi network access for all jamboree participants, staff, and visitors to access the mobile Internet using their Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, laptops, netbooks, or other wireless devices
  • A special text-message service will provide important safety and logistical information.
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