No, you haven’t been imagining things if your cell phone provider is AT&T and you’ve noticed that your coverage is very poor lately in parts of Princeton.
The AT&T antenna was taken off the hospital, a Princeton official confirmed this morning. Bob Kiser, the director of Engineering for Princeton, said the company has replaced the tower with a temporary cell on wheels, known as a “COW”, that has been set up along Route 206 next to the town department of public works garage. Kiser said his understanding is that AT&T is still working to activate the COW.
But a COW is only a short-term fix. A COW is one way AT&T meets short term or emergency demands. The mobile cell sites on a truck come complete with a cellular antennae tower and electronic radio receiver equipment. They’re normally used to bolster capacity during large public events when wireless traffic increases or during disaster recovery.
Calls to AT&T about the COW and long-term plans to replace the tower were not immediately returned. Stay tuned.