AT&T service to be restored in time for Grange Fair

Phone service in the Centre Hall area will be restored in the next two days, an AT&T representative said Monday.

Thunderstorms late last week caused a disruption in AT&T service. Lightning struck a cell tower on General Potter Highway near Dove Lane and Taylor Hill Road, the representative said, and crews were hoping to have service restored by Monday.

Repairs are ongoing. AT&T estimated service would be restored in time for the Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair, which begins on Friday.

“They are repairing it right now,” another AT&T representative said. “We were supposed to have it up and running by the end of the weekend, but that was the last we heard.”

In the case of a natural disaster emergency, the Federal Communications Commission recommends checking to see if your mobile device is Wi-Fi-compatible. For non-emergencies, texting, which gobbles up considerably less bandwidth, may work if calls aren’t going through.

And if all else fails, the FCC suggests turning off the phone, limiting nonemergency calls. Otherwise, the device sips power while searching for an available network.

Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4698, @rogervanscy