BellSouth: 180 Central Offices on Generator Power, 870,000 Lines Out

BellSouth is concentrating on repairing major cables, ensuring telephone
switching centers continue to have back-up power until commercial power
can be restored, as well as getting communications established for
emergency personnel, city and government officials and hospitals.

COX has not begun making an assessment, but did announce it was suspending
billing for residential and commercial customers in New Orleans.