FCC warns of more phone service outages in areas affected by Irene

FCC warns of more phone service outages in areas affected by Irene
Hurricane Irene left chaos and destruction along her trail, and the phone line infrastructure was not spared from her wrath. However, the FCC has issued a disturbing statement this Sunday saying that telephone service disruptions are about to get even worse. All cell sites that are currently running on backup power will stop working as soon as their batteries go out causing even more service outages in the affected areas.

The commission added that Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland have had their telecommunications infrastructure damaged the most – between 10 and 20 percent of all cell sites are currently out of order in those states. However, in some coastal counties that figure stands at the whopping 90 percent. Luckily, there have been no reports of 9-1-1 services being unable to respond to an emergency.

Reportedly, AT&T and T-Mobile have already dispatched their repair team units to take care of the affected cell towers and Verizon is providing charging stations in its retail stores across North Carolina. Until all the damage is fixed, the FCCurges residents to use their phones only when it is really necessaryin order to reduce network congestion.

source: FCC via PCMag

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8 Comments

1. Derrell unregistered

Hopefully within the next 3-5 years there will be no cellphone towers anywhere in the world, everything will be in space, via satellite cellular towers. No international roaming and service everywhere even during the worst disasters.

4. firebo14

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

yeah, satellite towers will be the future. :]

5. totallyagree unregistered

i sure would like the no roaming part to happen now :D

2. box unregistered

Yeah, but satellite communications can still be interrupted by atmospheric and astronomical events, so it's still not a perfect system.

3. rahul746 unregistered

@box you are right, However the system is good, there will be some link or communication on earth which can be destroyed anytime by nature disaster, terrorists. etc

6. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Bravo FCC, thank you for telling us something anyone with a brain could figure out. Instead of posting useless announcements, why don't you and do something about AT&T trying to kill competition by buying T-Mobile.

7. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

...and anyone with a brain could figure out that there' s nothing that Phone Arena is going to do about the AT&T\T-Mobile merger

9. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Are you dense? I wasn't referring to PhoneArena. If you'd read my comment, which you probably didn't, you'd see I was referring to the FCC. Pay attention.

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