Superstorm Sandy and telecommunications

Lots of coverage of “Superstorm Sandy” here in Australia.  But here’s a fascinating summary of the storm and telecommunications infrastructure, supplied by the Benton Foundation (“media and telecommunications in the public interest”).  Entitled “Sandy, Sandy, my darlin’, you hurt me real bad“, it summarises the policy and operational issues (including details no-one else writes about, such as how many cable TV services were lots and how many cell phone towers were damaged) connected to the storm.  It concludes that “What this week teaches us, again, is that during an emergency, one of the most precious commodities is information and the ability to communicate it without impediments.”


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