Irma Clobbers Cell Tower Sites In Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
Hurricane Irma has knocked out more than 50 percent of the cell tower sites in the 44 counties of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands being reported to the FCC. According to the agency’s Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS), 55.2 percent of the sites were not operational as of noon yesterday. Of the 719 sites being reported, 397 were not working.
Four emergency call centers were not working Thursday. There are widespread power outages, and the FCC received reports that a large percentage of consumers are without either wireline or cable service. No broadcast stations were reported to be off-air, however the FCC cautions there’s “limited input” into DIRS from this sector.