12 days after hurricane, Verizon says Florida network is back to normal
Verizon Wireless service is back up and running “essentially everywhere” throughout the area hit by Hurricane Michael, the company said today.
“Verizon engineers and fiber crews have been working around the clock after unprecedented damage to our fiber infrastructure caused by the most intense storm in history to make landfall in the Panhandle,” Verizon’s announcement said. “Services for our customers and first responders are back up and running today, providing wireless coverage essentially everywhere it was before Hurricane Michael hit.”
Verizon had faced repeated criticism from Florida Governor Rick Scott, who said Verizon lagged behind AT&T and other carriers in restoring service after the Category 4 hurricane made landfall on October 10. Scott last week suggested that Verizon misled the public about its post-hurricane recovery, saying that Verizon’s claim of covering “98 percent of Florida” was only accurate because it included customers “hundreds of miles away from impacted areas.”