About 58% of the cell sites were out of service in Puerto Rico today because of Hurricane Maria, the FCC reported, although about 64% of the population was reported covered by wireless carriers last week due to roaming agreements. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, 49.6% of cell sites remained out of service, including all sites in St. John.
About 93% of the population was covered by wireless carriers last week. “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 (one Puerto Rico cable company has reported that approximately 3% (up from 1% last week) of its consumers have had service restored),” the report noted. “In Puerto Rico, there are no major switches that are affected.”