In its latest report on the effects of Hurricane Irma on communications facilities, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau reported today that 53.8% of cell sites are out of service in the U.S. Virgin Islands, 24.6% are down in Florida, and 14.5% are down in Puerto Rico, all improvements from yesterday. In Alabama and Georgia, included in the status update for the first time today, fewer than 1% of cell sites and 10.5% of cell sites were reported out of service. There were a total of 29 public safety answering points (PSAPs) reported affected in Florida, up from 27 yesterday, and 2 PSAPs affected in the Virgin Islands, unchanged from yesterday.
“There are at least 7,184,909 (down from 7,597,945 yesterday) subscribers out of service in the affected areas in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia,” the report said. “Since there are widespread power outages in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the FCC has received reports that large percentages of consumers are without either cable services or wireline service. Companies are actively working to restoring service,” it added.