BellSouth sees $600M in damage

September 6, 2005

BellSouth said Tuesday damage caused by Hurricane Katrina to its network system could reach between $400 million and $600 million.

The local phone provider that supplies the bulk of the region hardest hit by the hurricane said in a news release that "it is too early to project the total magnitude of the destruction." Nevertheless, the company said preliminary surveys suggest about 810,000 lines being damaged while 19 of the 131 central hubs are still not operating. Combined, the 19 offices serve 187,000 access lines, 166,000 of which are in the New Orleans area.

"Restoration begins with our central offices and high-capacity trunk lines ... we are making steady progress as we gain access. Most customers will be restored within 30 days," stated Bill Smith, chief technology officer at BellSouth.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

Explore further: Over 400 dead from earthquake in Iran-Iraq border area (Update)

Related Stories

Team focus is on ultrasound window into the human body

October 30, 2017

(Tech Xplore)—A surgeon diagnosed his own cancer with the help of a phone. That is the attention-grabbing line that has turned people's attention to a new device to ship next year. It is the Butterfly iQ, a portable ultrasound ...

Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis goes online for first time

October 23, 2017

Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis, 'Properties of expanding universes', has been made freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world after being made accessible via the University of Cambridge's Open Access repository, Apollo.

In a city ravaged by heroin, a needle exchange stalls

October 31, 2017

As she pressed down on the plunger of an empty syringe, a drop of blood oozed from the crooked tip of its needle—a test, Denise Brown said, that she uses on unpackaged syringes she now buys on the street.

Amid booming economy, homelessness soars along US West Coast

November 6, 2017

In a park in the middle of a leafy, bohemian neighborhood where homes list for close to $1 million, a tractor's massive claw scooped up the refuse of the homeless - mattresses, tents, wooden frames, a wicker chair, an outdoor ...

Recommended for you

Heavy nitrogen molecules reveal planetary-scale tug-of-war

November 17, 2017

Nature whispers its stories in a faint molecular language, and Rice University scientist Laurence Yeung and colleagues can finally tell one of those stories this week, thanks to a one-of-a-kind instrument that allowed them ...

Carefully crafted light pulses control neuron activity

November 17, 2017

Specially tailored, ultrafast pulses of light can trigger neurons to fire and could one day help patients with light-sensitive circadian or mood problems, according to a new study in mice at the University of Illinois.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.