Wind River Eclipse: Cell & Internet Challenges #helpatourist
Promoting tourism in Fremont County is everyone’s responsibility. We’re all ambassadors for this great community. To ensure that we’re all equipped with the stories of Wind River Country that make our culture fascinating and unique, the Wind River Visitors Council has sponsored this #helpatourist content series.
On Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will pass across the United States, including Fremont County/Wind River Country. This rare occurrence will bring great long- and short-term economic benefit to our communities. This exciting attraction to our region will also bring some very temporary inconveniences, and the Wind River Visitors Council (WRVC) has advice for residents of Fremont County.
It is imperative to the reputation of Wind River Country as a tourism destination that our visitors have a positive, warm experience during this summer’s Wind River Eclipse. It will be easier to provide this if we community members are prepared.
As the Wind River Eclipse is a rare occurrence, most of our tens of thousands of guests and locals will try to share the experience with others using their cell phones. The result will likely be a complete—but temporary—drain on cellular service, internet service and data transfer in the county. Do not rely on the ability to make cell phone calls, livestream your eclipse experience online from your phone or even send photos in the hours surrounding the approximately two-minute total solar eclipse. In fact, the fewer people who try, the lower the demand on the limited bandwidth in the county.
The Fremont County Emergency Management Agency, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, cell and internet providers, and other experts are working together to prepare and offset this likelihood for the safety of residents and guests.
9-1-1 calls will always be answered; however, they may be answered by a dispatcher outside of the county. The WRVC will advise guests to state their location first if they call 9-1-1, and we have the same advice for residents.
Remember this cellular data overload will be temporary and will be an offshoot of travelers being so excited about their experience in Wind River Country they feel inspired to share it. This is great news for the future of Fremont County tourism revenues and reputation. Try to make this challenge as little an inconvenience to travelers as possible, and strive to keep a positive attitude. The better impression we leave on our Wind River Eclipse guests by working around this inconvenience, the better and more enduring the tourism benefits will be for all of us.
For local eclipse information, visit windrivereclipse.org or contact your local chamber of commerce.
How can you be an ambassador? Leave visitors with a positive impression of Wind River Country so they spread the word about this great destination. Tourism works for the people of Fremont County!
About the Wind River Visitors Council
The Wind River Visitors Council’s mission is to stimulate tourism by increasing awareness of, and encouraging visitation to, the unique destinations, activities and events in Fremont County/Wind River Country, Wyoming. The Wind River Visitors Council (WRVC) is a Lodging Tax Board responsible for promoting the travel and tourism industry in Fremont County through expenditures of the lodging tax. WRVC Board members represent our communities and the county and are appointed by local City Councils and the Fremont County Commissioners. Learn more at windriver.org.
The WRVC thanks the local businesses and residents in advance for welcoming and accommodating the Wind River Eclipse guests and looks forward to making the most of this very rare opportunity on your behalf.