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Widespread blackout casts long shadows

Cellular companies' ability to keep service going in a crisis takes a hit, as they struggle to return to normal after the Northeast power outage.

A massive power outage pulls the plug across large parts of the Northeast and central Canada, taking businesses out of commission, putting a strain on wireless networks and sending disaster recovery teams into action.


Cellular companies' ability to keep service going in a crisis takes a hit, as they struggle to return to normal after the Northeast power outage.
August 15, 2003 


update A failure in the Niagara Mohawk grid cuts off electricity to New York and other Northeast cities, hitting airports, cell phone networks and companies such as IBM.
August 15, 2003 


The massive blackout prompts some companies to turn to providers of disaster-recovery services, but IT operations at many businesses appear safe thanks to backup generators.
August 14, 2003 


The regular public telephone network generally kept working after the power went out, but the cellular systems in affected areas were often unable to cope.
The New York Times
August 15, 2003 


It was a day for flashlights and hard-to-find pay phones as people trapped in Manhattan by the blackout discover the failings of high-tech wireless tools.
August 15, 2003