Wireless companies plan multimillion-dollar upgrades for RNC in Tampa
Forget, for a moment, other potential problems for the Republican National Convention: epic traffic jams, rock-throwing protesters, even a hurricane.
Instead, picture this: 50,000 visitors converge on downtown Tampa in late August with smartphones, iPads and a powerful need to share.
Their tsunami of video uploads, photos, Facebook updates, calls, texts and tweets ("Sarah Palin in Ybor!") swamps the data network.
Calls get dropped. Videos go nowhere. Just like that, some conventioneers see their high-tech party turn as old school as a stovepipe hat.
To keep that from happening, wireless companies are making multimillion-dollar upgrades at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the Tampa Convention Center and major hotels.
And in many cases, those upgrades will stay behind after the convention leaves.