Monday, February 03, 2014

Maintenance accident in W Va can raise questions about stability of cell service, infrastructure

A cell phone tower near Clarksburg, W Va collapsed during maintenance, its toppling causing a smaller tower to fall.  Three fatalities resorted.

But I wondered how long residents in the area could be without cell phone or hot spot service.  This could be a serious matter for people or small businesses in the area. 
  
The New York Daily News has an AP story here.
   
That begs the question of how quickly cell service could come back in coastal New Jersey and Long Island after Hurricane Sandy.
  
Cell towers are normally very resilient to storms, even though they are on wind-exposed ridgetops.  But a power line tower near Mt. Storm West Virginia fell during the 2012 derecho on June 30. 


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