When phantom winds caused a wall of the old Williams Opera House in Attica, NY to collapse, officials acted to condemn the building, according to the Daily News. While the bricks were falling, the increase in dropped calls was rising. After some investigation, it was discovered that the power to the rooftop tower had been cut off.
“It’s pretty annoying,” Police Chief Dean Hendershott told the Daily News. “Our wireless, our cell phones, and our connection from our patrol cars to the county computer-aided dispatch. We started noticing it Monday when I got into work,” he continued. “The first thing was the cell service was horrendous. We started picking up bits and pieces throughout the village of people complaining about their cell phone service and then it branched out to the wireless and internet.”
Verizon and village officials have teamed up to get Attica reconnected. Short term solutions could involve employing a back-up generator, or isolating and powering up the existing tower. Other nearby cell towers are also pitching in to help cover the service gap. “We are working with local officials on bringing additional network equipment to help serve the area,” said Verizon representative David Weissmann. “We also recommend that customers enable WiFi calling on their phones.”