3G Sunset: For Some, the Network Shutdown is Coming Early

Are you ready for the 3G Sunset? The 3G cellular network will be retired by AT&T and Verizon during 2021. But some network users are finding their service has been cut off well before the 2021 deadline.

Why the early shut-off? It turns out there are a few situations where users can find themselves without 3G network access. They include:

Areas Recently Hit by Natural Disasters

If you live in an area that’s been recently affected by natural disasters, there’s a good chance the 3G network won’t be returning. The reason is that when fires, floods, or other events damage 3G cell towers, cellular companies replace those towers with current equipment. And that typically means a 4G LTE tower. 

You’re Using a “Roaming” 3G Network

Some cellular customers are actually using a “roaming” version of the 3G network. Roaming is an agreement among cellular providers to share access as users move throughout the network. For example, if your cellular service provider is Verizon, but you’re in an area where Verizon doesn’t have service, another cellular provider will grant you network access on Verizon’s behalf. Roaming is common in rural areas and other places where cellular coverage isn’t complete.

The bad news? Most users won’t know they’re on a roaming network until it’s too late. For some alarm system users, the deadline to upgrade can be as early as Dec. 31, 2020. 

Don’t wait to find out if you’re a roaming customer! Upgrade your alarm system to a new LTE communicator and ensure your system can access the reliable LTE cellular network.

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Advanced Security Systems: One of Sonoma County’s ‘Best Places to Work’

Advanced Security Systems is among the “Best Places to Work” in Sonoma County, according to a new survey conducted by the North Bay Business Journal. The ranking appeared in the publication’s Aug. 31 edition.

“We’re honored to be included on this list with other great Sonoma County businesses. This recognition truly belongs to our great employees. When you surround yourself with quality people, it creates an environment that attracts other quality folks,” says Chuck Petrusha, CEO and President of Advanced Security Systems.

Businesses were ranked by total number of full-time employees, benefit packages, and the types of positions most in demand. This is the first year Advanced Security Systems has been included in the ranking.

The companies that made the “Best Places to Work” list will be honored at a virtual event on Sept. 23 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The event is free to the public and co-hosted by the North Bay Business Journal. Register at nbbj.news/bptw20.

You can view the publication’s digital edition here: https://northbaybusinessjournal-ca.newsmemory.com/. The report appears on page 12.