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Published January 20, 2014
CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? In Newark, Alexi Friedman reported Verizon Wireless and AT&T spent "more than a year upgrading their networks" inside MetLife Stadium. The two competitors "have their own networks inside MetLife, with AT&T also allowing other carriers like T-Mobile and Sprint access to the system." Verizon officials said that they "got a preview of the expected Super Bowl data demand" during the Sept. 15 Broncos-Giants game at MetLife Stadium. The company said that twice as many people that day "connected to its 4G LTE broadband internet connection than had done so at last year's Super Bowl in New Orleans," and there were "no glitches." Verizon Exec Dir for the N.Y. Metro Region Michele White said that the company has since "quadrupled its 4G capacity" at the stadium. The carrier "now has more than 550 antennas hidden in boxes that are scattered throughout the facility." AT&T spokesperson Ellen Weber said that the company has installed "more than 200 antennas hidden throughout MetLife" and is running "more than six miles of cable through the facility." Neither AT&T nor Verizon "would disclose how much it spent on the MetLife additions" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 1/19).
JERSEY, SURE: In Newark, Ted Sherman wrote the effort to bring the game to New Jersey has "been a long march up the field already, marked by quiet, behind-the-scenes lobbying and phone calls, getting the enthusiastic support of the state's governor, and raising millions from sponsors for what will be the most expensive Super Bowl in history." Sherman cited a 127-page document containing specifications for this year's Super Bowl as mandating that tens of millions of dollars in expenses and outlining "everything from the minimum size of the stadium to power and lighting needs" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 1/19).