Local Cellular Networks topic of virtual meeting

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Rome Historical Society, 200 Church St., will present Local Cellular Networks, a virtual program at Facebook.com/romehistorical, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18. Greeley Ford of AT&T will present a talk on the beginning and evolution of mobile networks in the Utica/Rome area. 

A cellular network is a communication network distributed over land areas called “cells” that communicate wirelessly. A common example of a cellular network is a mobile phone network which provides voice and data service over most of the inhabited land on the planet. The transition from analog networks, like a landline, to digital networks, like mobile phones, happened in the 1990s. Cellular One was one of the first mobile telephone service providers in the Central New York area. 

Ford, New York State Liquor Authority commissioner, graduate of Utica College, and senior network consulting engineer for AT&T, will present on the evolution of local cellular networks. Ford was one of the eight original employees of Cellular One in Utica before it became AT&T. 

Since starting that job in 1988, Ford has developed an intricate understanding of the cellular networks that connect us all. For more information, call 315-336-5870.

On the net: www.romehistoricalsociety.org.

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