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Wireless carriers back in N. Orleans

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A number of wireless carriers said this weekend they are starting to restore service in the New Orleans area in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in some cases with generators on the roofs of hotels.

Verizon Wireless said it is at work restoring parts of New Orleans and surrounding areas including Mandeville, Lacombe, Hammond and Covington. It has also restored Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, which is being used for relief airlifts.

T-Mobile USA said late Saturday it has set up a cell site on the roof of a hotel on Canal St. in New Orleans, running on a generator, and has reestablished service in many areas of the flooded-out city.

Sprint Nextel Corp. was more cautious on New Orleans, saying as of Saturday night the company said it has assembled a team in Baton Rouge to make repairs in areas where it was deemed safe.

Cingular Wireless was mia.

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