It's no secret that the Verizon Center is simply a black hole of cell service. Trying to get a call in or out has been a crap shoot at best - and accessing the data network was usually a non-starter. Well, good news, Caps fans: AT&T completed its installation of a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS), which puts several strategically-placed antennas throughout the arena. According to AT&T, its customers can now expect improved call reliability and more consistent network access inside the arena.
"We want our customers to have a great network experience whatever they're doing - whether that's making a call, sending a photo, checking e-mail, downloading apps, surfing the Internet or just cheering on the team this hockey season," said Rob Forsyth, vice president and general manager for AT&T in the greater Washington/Baltimore area.
AT&T taking pains to improve coverage in an arena named for its competitor is a pretty great PR move - but whatever their reason, it seems like Penn Quarter will reap the benefits. The next home game is Saturday night against the Red Wings - let us know if you see an improvement.