Restoration efforts continue in the Lake Charles, Shreveport and Vernon areas of Louisiana with additional cell sites coming back in service over the past 48 hours. Verizon said it continues the additional deployment of satellite and microwave assets to temporarily replace broken fiber in the network and there is still lots of work to do. The carrier said customers should see an improvement in service in much of that area while refueling operations also continue throughout the day and night, providing fuel to generators while residents wait for commercial power to be restored.
As the coastal area becomes more accessible to emergency operations and first responders, Verizon has installed three satellite-linked cell sites to provide service to first responders and customers. Additional satellite-linked cell sites are being deployed along the coast to help with restoration efforts in that area.
This effort continues to be one of the largest mobilizations of satellite assets in the company’s history. To date, engineers have deployed 21 satellite links on trailers to cell towers without fiber connection and 14 mobile satellite-linked cell sites for emergency responders and customers.
Verizon said customers can help the American Red Cross or World Central Kitchen in their disaster relief efforts by texting the word LAURA to 90999 for American Red Cross, or FOOD to 80100 for World Central Kitchen, and $10 will be added to their Verizon Wireless bill.