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Cellphone Failures Cause Many to Question Systems

As cellular telephone carriers labored to restore service yesterday, voices of concern were raised in Washington and elsewhere about the continued fragility of the nation’s wireless networks even as the public grows more dependent upon them. Cellular service remained spotty throughout much of the Northeast and parts of the Midwest yesterday, despite the restoration of electrical power in many of the areas affected by Thursday’s blackout, as heavy usage and continued problems at some transmitter stations continued to tax the system. Service in New York City, which had been especially hard hit by power losses and high calling volume, had returned to normal by yesterday afternoon as power was restored across most of the city, according to local cellular carriers. But the industry has drawn criticism for its networks’ performance after the blackout, particularly in comparison to the land-line telephone system, which generally stayed in service. Full Story

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