About 70% of the cell sites were down in Puerto Rico today because of Hurricane Maria, the FCC reported, although about 61% of the population was still reported covered by wireless carriers due to roaming agreements. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, 52.1%, down from 55.4% yesterday, of cell sites were down, including all of the sites in St. John, up from 88.9% yesterday. But about 88% of the population was covered by wireless carriers.
As for cable and wireline systems, at least two switches were out in Puerto Rico due to SS7 or toll isolation. No changes were reported today in the operational status of broadcast stations in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.