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Sandy slams mobile, wired and cable networks as far west as Michigan

Stephen Lawson | Oct. 31, 2012
Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy knocked out mobile, phone and cable service in many parts of the eastern U.S. on Monday, with about one in four cell sites affected in the hardest-hit band of the country between Virginia and Massachusetts, according to an FCC estimate.

"Some of our strike-team crews are out, and they are working to restore service where they can get access," Davis said. "Right now, it's basically a safety and an access issue."

Sandy has affected most of the East Coast, all the way from North Carolina north to Maine and Canada. Service in some areas may be restored more quickly than those in the band hit hardest by the storm.

"Every area has different impacts and different damage, so it's too early for us to tell when we're going to have everything up and running for every part of the country that's been affected," Sprint's Davis said.

AT&T also said its network had problems in areas hit heavily by the storm.

"We are in the initial stages of performing an on-the-ground assessment of our network for damage, and crews will be working around the clock to restore service. We are deploying personnel and equipment as soon as it is safe to do so," the carrier said in a statement. T-Mobile USA also said some of its customers might experience service disruptions in some areas and its engineers were assessing the situation as quickly as possible.

Cable service was also hit. "At this time it appears most issues are directly related to commercial power outages, and for the majority of people, their Comcast service should be restored as power comes back on to their homes," Comcast said in a statement.

 

 

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