TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Telecom Damage Tops $400 Million

Telecom Damage Tops $400 Million

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 6 Sep 2005 22:49:42 -0400

Telecom Damage Tops $400 Million
BellSouth Says Repairs May Take Months

By Arshad Mohammed
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 6, 2005; D06

Telephone company BellSouth Corp. yesterday estimated that it would
cost $400 million to $600 million to repair the damage from Hurricane
Katrina and said it could take four to six months to restore service
in the hardest-hit areas of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast of

The Atlanta-based company, the dominant phone service provider in much
of the South, stressed that those were preliminary estimates. It has
not yet been able to survey all of its sites given the breadth of the
area struck by the hurricane a week ago.

BellSouth said an estimated 1.1 million of its lines were out in the
region, with 90 percent of these in what it calls the "red zone" --
New Orleans, areas north of the city and the Gulf Coast of

That is down from 1.75 million lines that were out late last week.

Post Followup Article Use your browser's quoting feature to quote article into reply
Go to Next message: Monty Solomon: "Apple Expected to Unveil Cellphone Equipped With iPod"
Go to Previous message: Robert Bonomi: "Re: Washington Failed to Fund Levee Projects"
TELECOM Digest: Home Page