Reason for bad cell service at Fair


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Updated: 10/02/2012 3:06 pm Published: 10/01/2012 11:31 pm


Little to no cell service at the Tulsa State Fair has some fairgoers complaining about a dead signal.

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office has received complaints from fairgoers who think the cell signals have been intentionally blocked.

Thousands of people in one area jam the cell towers. It happens at events such as BOK Center, college sporting events and at the Tulsa State Fair.

The service has been reported spotty and some fairgoers believe the Tulsa
County Sheriff’s Office jammed the system. However, they said that’s only a rumor.

“There is no block. We haven’t set up and jammers. We are all dealing with the same issues,” said Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Major Shannon Clark.

They don’t have the clearance to jam a cell phone tower.

There isn't enough bandwidth on the cell tower for the amount of people in one area to post their Tulsa State Fair memories to Twitter and Facebook.

“We’ve had a dozen fairgoers stop us and say their cell phone isn’t working and ask if they can use our cell phones, it’s not like it is going to be any different,” said Clark.

Cell phone companies didn’t put up extra towers to increase signal strength.

Deputies recommend you always have a plan in place. If you lose someone and can’t get a hold of them on their cell phone at least you have a time and place to safely meet.

Even with a large crowd causing bad cell phone coverage, deputies estimate the crowd is smaller from previous years which is leading to a decrease in crime at the Tulsa State Fair.

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office reports no one has been hauled off to jail since the Fair started last Thursday.

However, a few people and vendors were caught in some trouble.

Undercover deputies and ABLE Commission agents caught six vendors selling alcohol to minors, two juveniles were sent to a see a judge on site for stealing.

Another woman was arrested after being too intoxicated and falling on the ground. She was later transported to the hospital by EMSA.

Deputies also report all 80 kids reported lost were safely found.

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