Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast of US recently, bringing down cable and phone connections of more than one million customers in the New York area. The storm also weakened the wireless services from Virginia to Massachusetts.
Reports said that more than one fourth of mobile service transmitters in the area failed, stretching along the coast of northeastern US. The Federal Communications Commission officials in Washington revealed that the Atlantic storm hit inland West Virginia on October 29, 2012, .
On October 31, 2012, the FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said, “This was and still is a devastating storm, with a substantial and serious impact on our country’s communications infrastructure”. The chairman added that the communication outages can increase as blackouts may last longer than backup power supplies and also as snow and floods increase.
The outages took place in about 158 counties and 10 states according to the FCC, including the District of Columbia. Moreover, the percentage of cell sites not working on November 1, 2012 dropped by three to four percentage points from the initial 25 percent, which were out of service on October 31, 2012. On the other hand, people in New York did everything they could to stay connected. Some people were even seen unplugging the lights on a Christmas tree to recharge their mobile phones.