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Sandy downed 25 percent of cell masts, says FCC

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zdnet.com / By Zack Whittaker / October 31, 2012, 12:26 GMT (20:26 SGT)

Summary: The worst storm to hit the U.S. in living memory has downed around a quarter of all cell masts across the ten states affected by Sandy, the federal regulator said on Tuesday.

Hurricane Sandy has pulled down around 25 percent of the U.S.’ wireless companies’ cell sites in the 10 states affected by the storm, federal regulators said on Tuesday.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) told reporters that most of the cell towers still operational are being powered by generators but could run out fuel before domestic electricity service is restored to the affected areas, reports the Associated Press news agency.

In spite of the downed trees and the massive power outages, the landline phone network has held up better in the affected 10 states hit by Sandy than the cell networks have. That said, more than a quarter of landline customers are affected by outages in Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York City and state.

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