The Category 1 storm has a potential to do a lot of damage, not the least of which is cutting off residents from Internet and cell tower connectivity. Earlier this year, Light Reading Mobile discussed the hurricane preparedness measures that major carriers are taking along the Gulf Coast. Specifically Verizon Wireless talked to us back in May at the CTIA show in New Orleans about how its COLT (cell on light truck) mobile base station trucks would be deployed in the event of a hurricane. Watch this:
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) also says that it is posting "additional emergency response equipment in strategic locations near the anticipated landfall" and has put up tips for consumers in the path of the storm.
Verizon has similar suggestions and will offer complimentary post-storm charging in their stores. Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) has also posted similar warnings about Hurricane Isaac.
- Make sure your phone is fully charged
- Have spare batteries available if possible
- Keep any wireless devices dry
- Make only short calls or text message to try and stop networks from becoming overloaded
Let us know how your wireless service holds up in the storm on the message board below and stay safe out there.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile