WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Power wasn’t the only communication service knocked out by Sandy – federal regulators say the storm took out twenty-five percent of cell towers spanning ten states.
But just because the storm has passed, doesn’t mean cell service in the affected states will immediately improve. In fact, cellular communication could worsen in the coming days.
According to the Federal Communications Commission, many of the functioning cell towers are currently running off backup generators, which the FCC says are running out of fuel. If power isn’t restored to these areas soon, cell phone users could be stuck in limbo with no means of communicating.
Landline users won’t have to endure these same woes, however. The FCC says for the most part the landline phone network that stretches from Virginia to Massachusetts has weathered the storm.