The FCC deactivated its Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) for Hurricane Laura. Carriers don’t need to provide any additional reporting in DIRS in connection with the storm. The agency will continue to monitor the status of communications services and work with providers and government partners as needed to support remaining restoration efforts.
In the last DIRS report for Hurricane Laura this Tuesday, September 8, only four Louisiana Parishes were part of the report: Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Sabine, Vernon. That compares to the entire state, when the storm hit the Louisiana coast in the early morning hours of August 27.
In the revised impacted area, out of 400+ cell sites served, just over 90 were not working, or about 20 percent. 46 had transport issues with wireline networks that route communications traffic to and from cell sites, 35 had no power and eight remained damaged.
At the height of the storm’s aftermath on August 27, Louisiana and Texas had the most cell site outages, according to DIRS. Of the 4,650 cell sites served in Louisiana, 380 were not working, Inside Towers reported.
As of this Tuesday, Cable and wireline companies reported 74,181 subscribers out of service in the affected areas; this may include the loss of telephone, television, and/or internet services. No television stations were off-air while six FMs remained silent and two AMs went dark as well.