Verizon, AT&T say cell network back up after Sandy

Verizon, AT&T say cell network back up after Sandy

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BETHPAGE, NY - NOVEMBER 03: In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, a work crew based in St. Louis, Missouri trims trees entangled in power lines on Broadway on November 3, 2012 in Bethpage, New York. With the death toll currently over 100 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the U.S. East Coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey has begun rationing gas and the Department of Defense will be setting up mobile gas stations in New York City and Long Island. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Posted on November 15, 2012 at 2:11 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Verizon and AT&T say their wireless networks are fully back up after Superstorm Sandy blew into the New York and New Jersey on Oct. 29.

   Verizon says its network is at pre-storm levels, while AT&T says that "as of today, we're pretty much back to normal."

   Federal regulators said Sandy knocked about 25 percent of cell towers belonging to all carriers in a coastal area spread over parts of 10 states.

   Verizon appeared to do better than average, saying that 6 percent of its towers were out of action immediately after the storm. AT&T and T-Mobile USA joined in an "unprecedented" arrangement, letting their customers roam for free on both networks to make up for gaps in coverage due to blacked-out cell towers.
 

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