"The good thing about the Xcel Center is it's a very modern building," making the process relatively painless, said Max Everett, RNC chief information officer.
, the official communications provider, has laid the groundwork for wireline voice and data services in the Xcel Center
The aggregate data capacity of Qwest's network is about 50 billion bits per second-fast enough to transmit an entire HD movie in just a few seconds.
Though the eight-year-old Xcel Center is modern, as Everett
said, Qwest overlaid 100 percent of the wiring in the building.
said the openness of the Xcel Center's arena gave crews a number of different conduits through which to run cables but made it a challenge to keep wiring out of the way.
said the GOP will be streaming a much higher volume of video than it has at previous conventions, and from multiple locations, "in an effort to give people a better view of what it's like on the ground here at the convention."
"One thing we have to keep in mind is the balance of security and keeping things open since there are a lot of volunteers who come in at the last minute," Everett
A number of other companies have helped the RNC
bolster the technical infrastructure of its event facilities.
, along with other major cellular carriers like Verizon have been upgrading their wireless coverage around the convention venues.
is equipping the Republican staff with high-speed, efficient printers, Everett
Once the conventions are over, the excitement will be gone, but a lot of work will remain.
"There's a lot of temporary scaffolding that will all come out at the end," Everett