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Technicians have been working for six weeks at Staples Center to build up a copper and fiber-optic infrastructure to connect the convention media to their worldwide viewers, delegates to their friends via cell phones, and print journalists to their editors. "It's like going into the desert and saying in six weeks there's going to be a city of 20,000 to 30,000 people," said Rich Motta, vice president of operations for the Democratic National Convention. "It's a huge endeavor."
Company officials say what they've installed could support the communication needs of a small city though most of it will be removed after the convention. Almost 5,000 miles of copper wire, 250 miles of fiber-optic cables, and more than 8,000 voice circuits have been installed. Close to 450 DSL lines have also been installed by request, mostly by the media.The company dispatched 500 people to Los Angeles, with up to 250 people working on any given day all the way through the convention. During the event, delegates will vote on computers spread across the convention floor. Viewers will even be able to watch the event via Webcast, thanks to cameras set up throughout the convention that will be streaming Internet video live all week. Reporters will file stories from the convention floor and photographers will download digital pictures to their editors, then head back into the crowd. Television broadcasters' images will be sent along high-capacity fiber-optic lines. The wiring work only got busier as television stations, dot-com journalists, and others began to finalize their plans and make requests for customized connections to their booths, suites, and trailers outside. "It really got hot and heavy the first of July," Motta said. At the end of four days, most of that work will be ripped out. SBC does plan to keep many improvements that fit into plans to upgrade the downtown area and arena, such as added fiber-optic lines and additional cell phone booster antennas in and around Staples Center. Until now, "there hasn't been good (cell phone) reception in the Lakers locker room," an SBC spokesman said.
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