Report Finds Faults With Hurricane Michael Wireless Outages Across Florida Panhandle - NBC 6 South Florida

Report Finds Faults With Hurricane Michael Wireless Outages Across Florida Panhandle

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    Wireless Carriers Not Prepared for Hurricane Michael

    The FCC report described the destruction and devastation caused by the Category 5 storm that hit the Florida panhandle in October 2018.

    (Published Monday, May 13, 2019)

    What to Know

    • The FCC report makes several recommendations for improvement in the future, such as wireless providers having pre-storm roaming agreements.

    A Federal Communications Commission report says wireless carriers' poor preparation and coordination lengthened communication outages in the Florida Panhandle after Hurricane Michael.

    The Panama City News Herald reports that the FCC report makes several recommendations for improvement in the future, such as wireless providers having pre-storm roaming agreements, mutual restoration deals and cooperation with local utilities.

    Michael roared ashore in the Panhandle as a Category 5 storm in October and caused widespread devastation, including communications problems for thousands of people. Most power poles, cell and radio towers were knocked out of commission.

    The News Herald reports that Verizon is investing $25 million to install its latest 5G wireless service in Panama City later this year, making it one of just 30 U.S. cities to get the new technology.

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