Communications infrastructure companies spent the weekend moving assets into position to restore service cut off by Hurricane Dorian. As of deadline, the storm had weakened to a Category 2, however the National Hurricane Center said it was growing, reported NPR.
The hurricane was predicted to get “dangerously” close to Florida’s east coast late last night and into today.
Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia could feel the effects of Dorian in the coming days.
The FCC activated its Disaster
Information Reporting System (DIRS) in 34 counties in Florida. According
to carriers’ first reports Tuesday, damage so far appeared to be
minimal, with 0.2 percent of cell sites not working out of the more than
9,600 cell sites in the affected areas.
cautions that its report is a snapshot in time and the situation is
constantly changing. The number of cell site outages in a specific area
does not necessarily correspond to the availability of wireless service
to consumers in that area. Wireless networks are often designed with
numerous, overlapping cell sites that provide maximum capacity and
continuity of service even when an individual site is inoperable. Continue Reading