COMMENTARY: Technology rules at the Republican National Convention

TAMPA - In a world where smartphones and tablets are commonplace, it's rare for me to be overwhelmed by technology.

Why? I work on the Internet for a living and have been a gadget geek since I was a small child. Computers were my first true love (only to be surpassed by my lovely wife and my son).

But at the Republican National Convention, I have been blown away by what I've seen.

Everyone here has an iPhone or some other variation of a smartphone, a tablet and a laptop (full disclosure, I have two iPhones, a laptop and an iPad with me. Call me a dork if you must).

This is a stark contrast to the 2008 Republican debate in St. Petersburg I attended, where Blackberrys, feature phones and brutally slow air cards were still the norm.

After seeing the sheer volume of computing power at this event, I expected data service to come to a crawl for everyone in Tampa.

That hasn't been the case.

Cellular provider AT&T installed three new towers and added layers of frequency to assist users with downloads of data.

The result?

Cellular data service has never been faster or more reliable downtown, a welcome change from three months ago.

Inside the convention center, Google teamed up with Brighthouse to offer free WiFi to visitors of the Google Media lounge.

While the service in the media lounge started off a little slow (my first two minute YouTube clip took almost two hours to upload), things have picked up nicely. So nice that Google spokesperson Samantha Smith said there have been no complaints.

People have said that social media will change politics forever.  While that's certainly true, the real catalyst is the rapid adoption of technology.

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