Verizon Keeps Wireless Customers Going Through Hurricane
Wireless customers in Florida whose service was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina are not totally out of luck. Verizon Wireless has dispatched network technician teams in the areas that were hit the hardest.
These teams have mobile generators and portable transmission sites with them allowing residents and emergency agencies to maintain their wireless service.
“Wireless communication can play a key public safety role in emergencies,” said Mike Lanman, Verizon Wireless Florida region president. “And we dedicate a great amount of resources to prepare and respond.”
Verizon said that about 96% of the wireless digital network in Florida remained ok through the storm, but some back-up batteries ran down slightly hurting network operability. This morning, the network started to go back to full capacity.
According to a press release, Verizon wireless has invested over $800 million in its Florida network over the past five years, and continues to invest over $4 billion a year across the country.