AT&T, Verizon Say 99% of Their Florence-Affected Networks Are Back Up

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Source: AT&T

AT&T and Verizon say they’ve made progress as they work to rebuild and restore their networks in the portions of the Carolinas affected by Hurricane Florence. They’re seeing network conditions improve as their teams address storm damage, power outages, and the damage to their local service providers’ networks.

Both say about 99 percent of their networks are now operating in the Carolinas and they’re working to address remaining outages. AT&T teams from around the country deployed to the Carolinas with additional equipment to support recovery efforts. AT&T is supporting customers and first responders with Cell on Light Trucks (COLTs) in Leland, Winnabow, Belville, Navassa, Whiteville, Wallace, and Kinston, NC. “We are working to deploy additional assets to affected areas as quickly and safely as conditions allow,” the carrier says in a press release.    

Verizon says its engineers have been working 24×7 using planes, boats, and trucks to access network facilities. In North Carolina, the carrier deployed mobile cell sites to the Wilmington Police Department, Jacksonville Emergency Operations Center, Lumberton Emergency Operations Center, Newport Police Department, Carthage Police Department, FEMA office in Charleston, W., Atlantic Beach Emergency Operations Center, Whiteville Emergency Operations Center and Swansboro Police Department and local shelter.  

Verizon also deployed indoor cell sites to the Jacksonville Emergency Command Center, FEMA Kinston office, and the City of Goose Creek. Mobile assets went to New Hanover County Emergency Operations Center in Wilmington, the town of Newport, downtown Fayetteville, a Red Cross shelter in Hope Hill and to Richlands Emergency Operations Center. Additionally, Big Red, a big rig equipped with connectivity and 24 mobile workstations, was headed to the New Hanover Base Camp in Wilmington to support the recovery efforts being managed from that location. Verizon volunteers are staffing charging stations at the American Red Cross mega-shelters in Chapel Hill and Winston-Salem.

September 21, 2018