Majority of Florida Cell Sites Working After Nicole

The amount of cell sites out of service in Florida following Hurricane Nicole remained static at 0.9 percent on Friday. That’s according to the FCC’s Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS).

Out of a total of 11,450 sites, 103 were out of service. That compares to 100 the day before. Fifty-seven had no power, 33 had data transport issues and 10 were damaged. Another 112 sites were operating on backup power.   

Brevard County still had the most sites out, (19) though the numbers were improving. Thirteen had no power, three had data transport issues and three were damaged. An additional nine were running on backup power.

Orange County was improving, with 17 out on Friday. Twelve sites had no power, two had data transport issues and two were damaged. Another 32 were operating on backup power.

Cable and wireline companies reported 55,372 subscribers out of service in the disaster area for Hurricane Nicole; this is down from 175,903 on Thursday. This includes the loss of telephone, television, and/or internet services.

No 911 call centers were impacted. No television or FMs were off-air and only one AM remained off the air.

The FCC suspended DIRS reporting for Nicole in Florida on Friday. The first report was issued on Thursday, Inside Towers reported.

By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief

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