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Verizon Wireless suffers major outage in the NYC area today

Will Gleason

Verizon customers were briefly plunged back into the dark ages this morning thanks to an unexplained hardware failure that resulted in network-wide outages.

“We started experiencing intermittent data outages a little after 7:30 this morning in Midtown and Upper Manhattan, the Bronx, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties. Service began restoring at 9am and we are back to normal service levels,” a spokesman for the company told ABC7. "A hardware failure is suspected as the culprit. We're doing a full investigation.”

On top of inconveniencing hundreds of customers, the network-wide outage also cancelled Central Park’s “Wednesday Wander” due to connectivity issues.

Just how widespread was the service blackout? Here’s a rough map of the area affected below courtesy of


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