AT&T has announced today that they are working as fast as the can to restore their network in the Northeast Area hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. AT&T’s Disaster Response Teams are working to restore wireless and wireline service, and they are working with state and local officials and emergency response teams as well. Most of the cells in the Northeast Region are working properly, however some of the areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy like New Jersey and New York City are not fully operational. This is due to the power-outages, damaging winds, flooding, and more! They are deploying generators, moving workers from around the country into the affected regions, conducting ongoing damage assessment, deploying equipment, and more! AT&T is waiving late payment fees and is not not disconnect services because of non-payment, they are also extending the late-payment window for wireless and wireline customers who are behind due to Hurricane Sandy. AT&T and T-Mobile have entered into an agreement to enable roaming on their networks to customers of both companies in the heavily impacted areas and where capacity is available and subscribers have a compatible device. This way you will get coverage from either of the networks, which ever one is stronger in your area. You will be able to place calls just as they normally would, but their calls will be carried by whichever network is most operational in their area. This will be seamless for AT&T and T-Mobile customers with no change to their current rate plans or service agreements. AT&T is working as hard as they can, and we will update you when more information is available. For more information please see the photos, press release, and video below.
Hurricane Sandy Restoration Efforts in Lower Manhattan
Hurricane Sandy Network Restoration Efforts with AT&T’s GNOC Employees
AT&T Restoration in the Northeast on an Accelerated Pace
AT&T Coordinating with T-Mobile for Roaming – and Relief Organizations for Donations
Dallas, Texas, October 31, 2012
AT&T is taking several steps to provide assistance and relief for those in the Northeast devastated by the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
Disaster response teams from AT&T are fully engaged and making progress in restoring wireless and wireline services in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. The company is closely aligned with state and local officials and emergency response teams, monitoring service disruptions and coordinating our restoration efforts.
The vast majority of our cell sites in the Northeast are online and working. We are making progress in areas that were especially hard-hit, including New York City and New Jersey, where flooding, power loss, transportation and debris all pose challenges. We are working around the clock, including conducting ongoing damage assessment, rapid deployment of generators and equipment, and movement of key personnel from around the region and country, such as engineers and technicians, in order to restore service as quickly as possible.
AT&T also has thousands of employees, including personnel from surrounding states, working to make repairs to damaged equipment in areas where it is safe to do so.
In an effort to assist customers who have been impacted by this storm, AT&T will extend the late-payment window for wireless and wireline customers who are behind, waive late payment fees and will not disconnect services because of non-payment.
AT&T and T-Mobile also have entered into an agreement to enable roaming on their networks to customers of both companies in the heavily impacted areas and where capacity is available and subscribers have a compatible device.
AT&T and T-Mobile customers will be able to place calls just as they normally would, but their calls will be carried by whichever network is most operational in their area. This will be seamless for AT&T and T-Mobile customers with no change to their current rate plans or service agreements.
Most AT&T retail stores in the Mid-Atlantic states are operating business as usual today. In the hardest hit areas, AT&T is assessing the condition of its company-owned retail stores and will begin opening them for business as soon as possible.
Also, AT&T wireless customers can make a $10 donation for Hurricane Sandy relief by texting to the following non- profit organizations:
- REDCROSS to 90999 to support the American Red Cross
- STORM to 80888 to help the Salvation Army
- HUMANE to 80888 to give to the American Humane Society
Customers who would like to contribute more can text up to five times for a total donation of $50. One hundred percent of any donation will be paid to the customer’s designated charity and the customer will be charged for the donation via the customer’s monthly AT&T bill.
For more information on our efforts related to Hurricane Sandy, visit http://att.com/vitalconnections