Sixty-five percent of the cell sites were down in Puerto Rico today because of Hurricane Maria, the FCC reported, although about 64% of the population was reported covered by wireless carriers due to roaming agreements. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, 52.1% of cell sites were out, including 88.9% of the sites in St. John. About 93% of the population was covered by wireless carriers. As for cable and wireline systems, no major switches were out of service or toll isolated in Puerto Rico.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was asked at a news conference after today’s meeting how long FCC staffers will remain in Puerto Rico. “There’s no particular end date to our presence in Puerto Rico,” he added. “We’re working collaboratively with FEMA.”