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Law Firm Pays $150 K for Cell Service

Posted Jul 3, 2007 5:11 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Cell phones have become such a necessity in daily law practice that a major Washington, D.C., firm, anticipating reception problems, recently paid $150,000 to have cell signals boosted on three underground floors that included the library.

And the cost would have been higher if the work hadn't been done while the offices were still under construction, Rodney Carson tells Computerworld. He is director of administration for Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis.

Bad cell phone reception is a common problem in D.C. office buildings, and the situation underground likely would have been even worse. "We had all sorts of complaints about the signal at our older building, and with three floors underground we knew we faced life safety issues, and needed some sort of solution," says Carson.

Now the firm is routinely complimented on its excellent cell phone reception by visiting lawyers, he adds. "Indoor cellular coverage is a real problem in D.C., and we're one of the few tenants to get to a solution."

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