Living in the quiet metropolis of Ottawa, where BlackBerry Cool Tower is one of the tallest buildings in the downtown core, the BBCool staff takes our BlackBerry reception for granted — we rarely, if ever, have to worry about coverage.
So it was interesting to read this article from ComputerWeekly, about K&L Gates, a Washington DC law firm that went to some great lengths to ensure that their employees had BlackBerry coverage. Why did they have to work so hard? The firm was forced to build offices three stories underground to comply with Washington’s height requirements; the building’s construction also affected those working above-ground. Apparently, the lack of BlackBerry action was causing morale problems within the firm.
“When you move from an environment where you’re used to having coverage into one where you don’t have it, it’s a pretty big letdown,” said Rodney Carson, director of administration for K&L Gates. “It was pitiful, unless you [were] right next to the window.”