"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.
"I don't have any alarms on the links," he said. "And telephone systems are up."
Oster also said he has several employees who live in the Bunkerville area, and none of them have reported any problems. He said that cell reception may be spotty in some areas, but otherwise, everything appears to be working.
Infowar's Paul Joseph Watson, however, said in a tweet that according to the family, cell towers in the area are down.
An article posted at Before it's News said in an update that phones in the area are working again, "like magic." The article said it is unknown if the outage was intentional or not.
The article went on to say that if the report had turned out to be true, it could signal further, and perhaps, deadly, action by government agents. Without any means of communication, the article added, the government could take any action against the Bundys while controlling what information gets out.
We reached out to the Bundy family for confirmation but have not received a response as of this writing, but others have said the family never lost service.