This is not something new. When cellular was first introduced at Camp David, GSM did not have a US network. Verizon Wireless was the only network to install towers and coverage onsite at Camp David. Because the White House uses Verizon as their main carrier, and the President is the main resident of Camp David, there was not reason to expand to GSM.
Well, at least not until now. When President Obama decided to move the G8 Summit away from the NATO Summit in Chicago, he moved it to Camp David. When he did this I immediately reached out to all the G8 Embassies to inform them of pending issues to make sure they were aware they had to have Verizon Wireless connectivity for their delegations going to the G8 Leader’s Summit.
I was called on this by the State Department EOP (Executive Office of the President) who told me my claims were false and that they had invited AT&T to boost their signal at Camp David for the event. The concern was legitimate since having GSM onsite would allow foreign leaders to roam on their home networks (also GSM). As the weeks rolled by it became apparent that AT&T would not be able to do what the State Department required.
So, where is this now? Back to my original information, no GSM at Camp David for the G8 Summit. So, how do you get Verizon Wireless for the event? You cant get it from Verizon since they dont have a rental program. There is one company in the USA that does have a rental program with Verizon Wireless. They have assured me that they will be able to provide devices and connectivity to all the delegations and visiting press to Camp David this May.
The provider is Cellhire USA. Toll Free #800 423 4805. You can also reach them by replying to this post.
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