AT&T Uses Flying Cow Drone in Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts

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Hurricane Michael, the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall to date in the United States, struck the Southeast U.S. on October 10, 2018. According to the Edison Electrical Institue, the storm left 2.6 million people without electricity. 

AT&T used a drone called the "Flying COW" to restore service in regions impacted by Hurricane Michael. Prior to the hurricane, AT&T readied dozens of pieces of equipment across the Southeast in order to respond quickly and efficiently when minutes mattered most. One of those pieces of equipment was AT&T’s Flying Cow drone. Within nine days, AT&T restored service to 99% of customers in the affected areas.

However, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Florida Governor have criticized cellular companies for the slow response. Learn more about their frustrations and what cellular companies like AT&T, Verizon, and T-mobile are doing to compensate.

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