Hurricane Maria: Summary of communication status - and lack of

Javier J javier at
Mon Oct 2 04:32:12 CST 2017

> Do FEMA and the National Guard have the authority to commandeer the
trucks and deliver the containers themselves?

I hope they do. There doesn't seem to be a shortage of FEMA, Army, etc
personnel on the ground or a shortage of truck drivers in the US willing to
help. If 80% of Truck drivers that pick up containers from the ports can't
make it, then this needs to be supplemented any way possible to get things

On Sun, Oct 1, 2017 at 11:09 PM, Jason Baugher <jason at>

> The more I read about this, the more disturbed I get. On the one hand, we
> keep hearing that the trucks aren't moving because roads are impassable.
> Then I read that government officials are driving from their remote areas
> to San Juan to ask why no aid is coming, disputing the claims about the
> roads. We hear that there isn't fuel for the trucks, then a reporter from
> CNBC disputes that claim as well. The only thing that seems to be a common
> thread is that there are massive amounts of supplies sitting in San Juan
> and that they can't get truck drivers to deliver them.
> Do FEMA and the National Guard have the authority to commandeer the trucks
> and deliver the containers themselves? The telcom companies aren't going to
> be able to do much by way of repairs without supplies.
> On Sun, Oct 1, 2017 at 9:28 PM, Javier J <javier at>
> wrote:
>> At this point, I wouldn't trust and any media reports without
>> verifying information. As far as LibertyPR is concerned my cousin who
>> lives
>> in Carolina, PR told me thieves were stealing fiber optic cable after the
>> storm. I trust the Seon Donelan, FCC, US Military, FEMA reports in that
>> order. There was a report that 33% of cell phone service was reported.
>> That
>> is BS. We know from FCC reports it is still at ~90% out as far as number
>> of
>> operational cell sites.
>> The media here in the states is no better. I have multiple confirmations
>> and am looking for hard proof but the Teamsters Puerto Rico trucking union
>> is refusing to move containers out of the port. Only 20% of truckers
>> showed
>> up for work. Perhaps someone who works at Crowley can give us more
>> concrete
>> info but if you can't even move supplies out of the port, how the heck are
>> you supposed to replace wires/fiber/fuel etc?
>> Here is a CNBC report:
>> - Javier
>> On Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 4:39 PM, Sean Donelan <sean at> wrote:
>> > On Sat, 30 Sep 2017, Sean Donelan wrote:
>> >
>> >> The first public statement I've seen from LibertyPR was yesterday.
>> Their
>> >> network was completely down.  They've restored some of their main
>> >> infrastructure, i.e. cable headends and main fiber connections.
>> >> 100% of subscribers are out of service.
>> >>
>> >> I've seen pictures on twitter of LibertyPR crews fixing cables and
>> poles
>> >> on the island.
>> >>
>> >
>> > Liberty cable Puerto Rico has put out a press release today.
>> >
>> > LibertyPR is opening one public WiFi hot spot in Bahia Urbana in San
>> Juan
>> > from 3pm to 7pm Saturday, and 8am to 7pm daily starting Sunday.
>> >
>> > Additional hot spots will be announced by LibertyPR via press release in
>> > the future.
>> >
>> > I guess this is a sign LibertyPR's public relations office is back in
>> > operation.
>> >

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