Cell Towers Being Restored After Irma

September 16, 2017

Reprinted from Orlando Sentinel

More than 85 percent of cell towers in a six-county area of Central Florida regained power by midday Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission reported.

Cable companies and cellular providers have been scrambling since to restore service since the storm. The FCC reported that 404 of the 2,711 towers remained without power. That includes Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. Orange has been quickest to recover, with 1,127 of 1,152 towers, or 89.1 percent, having power. South Florida, Orlando and Jacksonville were three of Sprint’s hardest-hit areas, a spokeswoman said. She said commercial power outages have slowed recovery but that the company has been refueling on-site generators throughout the day.

“We do have customers in Orlando that may be experiencing slower than normal or intermittent service,” spokeswoman Roni Singleton said in an email. “Some customers may roam and some may not currently have service.”

Sprint joined other companies to waive text, call and data overage fees for its services, including Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, through Friday. AT&T extended the same deal through Sunday.