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Power outages knock out Conn. cell phone towers

October 31, 2011

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HARTFORD, Conn.—Hundreds of cell phone towers are not working in Connecticut because of extensive power outages following the weekend's rare October snowstorm.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told reporters Monday that about 200 cell phone towers in the state are damaged and will not be repaired soon.

Mark Siegel, a spokesman for AT&T Inc. in Atlanta, said towers are out because they rely on power supplied by utilities. Power lines were downed by falling trees and limbs.

He says generators and technicians are being dispatched to provide backup power.