FCC

More Cell Sites Out, Cable Outages From Harvey

TV stations remain on air 8/29/2017 7:42 AM Eastern
Houston residents make their way down a flooded street Aug. 28 as the city is inundated by rain caused by Hurricane Harvey.
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The FCC said that as of Monday (Aug, 28) 4.7% of cell sites were down as a result of Hurricane Harvey, up from 4.1% the day before and almost all in Texas, with only one county in Louisiana showing an outage.

That's according to the FCC's third update on the status of communications based on info from communications providers to its voluntary Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS).

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DIRS is a web-based system via which broadcasters, cable operators and others can report the status of their communications capabilities and "situational awareness."

Cable outages had increased to 189,487 Monday, up from 148,565 the day before.

Nine radio stations were out of service, the same as the day before, but no TV stations were off the air as a result of the storm.

The figures were as of 11:30 a.m. Monday. A new accounting is expected at about the same time Tuesday (Aug. 29).

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