NEW ORLEANS--If you passed it on the freeway, you might think this was an ordinary Verizon Wireless truck on its way to maintain equipment. Look a little closer, however, and you'll see this is a different kind of vehicle. Known as a COLT (cell on light truck), it's actually a fully contained cell site that can be driven to almost anywhere in the country in a matter of hours. Verizon can deploy one of its 100 COLTs to a disaster-stricken area to boost the carrier's network for residents and emergency workers. On either side of the cab are antennas that can reach 60 feet tall.
Hans Leutdenegger, Verizon's regional vice president of network, described the carrier's initiatives for disaster preparedness. And in a city devastated by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago, he reminded us that the 2012 hurricane season begins June 1.