CNET News Daily Podcast: Mobile networks face logjam on Inauguration Day

Wireless-service providers work to keep lines open amid an expected deluge of texts, calls, e-mails, and video uploads during Obama's swearing-in.

More than 2 million people are expected to descend on Washington, D.C., this weekend for Barack Obama's inauguration as president. To prepare for the crush of traffic expected on the network from those in attendance, wireless-service providers have pulled out the stops.

CNET News' Maggie Reardon, who will be in D.C. for the event, joins us today to talk about what steps providers are taking to keep their networks up and running.

Also on today's podcast, Circuit City finally calls it quits, Nintendo continues to crush its competitors in video game console sales, another lawmaker asks for the digital-television transition to be delayed, and we say good-bye to LaserDisc.


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Today's stories:

On Inauguration Day, will my cell phone work?

Circuit City to close remaining stores

AMD to cut 1,100 jobs, initiate temporary pay cuts

Video game industry roars in December

Net usage spikes after U.S. Airways crash

Lawmaker seeks 3-month delay for DTV transition

ISPs can profit from busting file sharers

Cue sad music: LaserDisc format officially dead

About the author

Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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