Federal regulators reported continued progress in repairing storm-battered cell sites Thursday as carriers stepped in to offer free services in the affected areas. The Federal Communications Commission said 19% of the sites remained down, compared with 25% the previous day -- some were still flooded while others were affected by damaged to landline backhaul connections. Verizon Wireless deployed Wireless Emergency Communication Centers in New York and New Jersey. AT&T promised to provide satellite trucks with cellular and Wi-Fi connections to New York City. AT&T and T-Mobile also offered free charging services and said they would waive late fees for those in the affected regions.
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