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Will the total solar eclipse disrupt your cell service?

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As darkness descends during Monday’s total solar eclipse, spectators will be using their cellphones to capture the moment. However, the surge in cellphone usage could put pressure on cellular and Wi-Fi networks, potentially causing disruptions. Network providers and public officials are preparing for the increase in traffic as eclipse tourists rely on network infrastructure to share their experience through social media, livestreams, and video calls. While the eclipse itself has no effect on wireless networks, the influx of tourists can strain cell connections, similar to crowded events like football games or concerts. Major providers such as AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile have expressed confidence in their network capacity to handle the increased data usage.