On Friday, Static Media Hub posted a tweet that said cell towers in the Bundy ranch area were shut down. According to the message, only radio communications were possible.
“Alert: On the ground reports ~ cell towers shut down, comms thru radio only,” the tweet said.
Earlier in the day, a Facebook page supporting the Bundy family said some people were having difficulty using their cell phones. The tweet asked supporters to bring satellite phones if possible.
“Folks, there is a possibility the cell towers have been shut down. People are having trouble calling out, and I cannot get a hold of my people on the ground. I will update as soon as I know more,” the tweet said.
“If you are headed to #BundyRanch and can get satalite (sic) phones, they are very much needed,” the page said later.
We performed a search of cell towers in the region and discovered 4 towers and 45 antenna locations in the area of Bunkerville, Nev. Drilling deeper, we discovered who owns and operates the towers and attempted to contact the owners.
Unfortunately, we were not able to contact the listed owners of three towers. We were, however, able to contact Rio Virgin Telephone Company in Mesquite, Nevada.
Harold Oster, area manager for Reliance Connect in Mesquite, told Examiner that as far as he knows, everything is working.