Cell Companies Beefing Up in Preparation for Hurricane Season

Mobile phone companies are working on bolstering their systems to try to prevent a repeat of the havoc Hurricane Katrina caused last year.

A Verizon Communications spokesman says “communications is key for relief organizations, law enforcement and to help customers keep in touch” with their families.

Cellular South says it's investing more than $8 million in equipment and system upgrades to circumvent potential damage to landlines. A top executive says the company is investing $78 million more to add new cell sites to its network across Mississippi.

Cingular is investing almost $2 billion on its system in the Southeast, adding 800 new cell sites and spending $60 million for hurricane preparation.