Since Monday, people in Texas are facing power cuts due to winter weather. Following the power outage, hundreds of people are bereft of internet and cellular services. According to the website Downdetector, there were more than five hundred reports of internet failure. Social media reports and personal complaints tracked the internet failures. The spokesperson of Verizon came forward to speak about the issue.
“Despite widespread power outages throughout Texas, Verizon’s network is performing well in the Austin area. Our backup generators and redundant fiber rings for cell sites and switching centers are serving their intended purpose and keeping the vast majority of the network running and customers and first responders connected.”
Similarly, AT&T, another widespread network provider, showed its concern.
A spokesperson from the company said, “we continue to closely monitor Winter Storm Uri. Commercial power outages and damage from snow and ice may be affecting service for some wireless and wireline customers. Technicians are deploying generators as needed, and are working to restore service as quickly and as safely as conditions allow. Our Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) team is on standby and prepared to deploy additional assets if needed”.
“ERCOT and Texas electric companies have been able to restore service to hundreds of thousands of households today, but we know there are many people who are still waiting,” said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness. “It’s also important to remember that severe weather, mainly frigid temperatures, is expected to continue, so we’re not out of the woods.”