Hurricane Sandy-and her WILD dance takes down “cell sites down” mobile, laptop, tablet and computer device users grasp to connect – the digital world of communication and we are addicted to it – “communication is power”
Mainstream media, social internet sites, tech bloggers all report the news that “connectivity is improving in the Northeast as charging phones become a major priority”
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“Wireless coverage is gradually recovering in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, but millions of Northeasterners are still grappling with spotty or no cellular connection according to reports One in five cell sites still not working, Northeasterners scramble to charge phones and Wireless carriers avail charging stations”
Some cell sites are still underwater, and wireless operators are unable to deliver and connect the generators that are needed to power them. Other sites are not operational because of damages to nearby landline connections that help deliver wireless calls.
“We’re seeing both continued improvement in communications networks and also that much work remains to be done to restore service fully,” Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement.
Wireless companies say they have brought in generators and deployed cell-towers-on-wheel trucks. But replenishing fuel supplies for generators remains a critical challenge, says FCC Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau Chief David Turetsky. “Restoration efforts in the hardest-hit areas including New York and New Jersey continues to be more difficult.”
Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless carrier, says 96% of cell sites in the affected areas are working, slightly up from 94% Wednesday.
Sprint’s announcement follows earlier news that AT&T and T-Mobile were enabling roaming on their networks to customers of both networks impacted by the path of the storm. This means data and voice traffic can be shared across the two networks without any changes to customers’ current rate plans and Sprint states 80% of cell sites in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were working as of Thursday afternoon.
AT & T – T-Mobile didn’t disclose the overall cell site operation status, states about 85% and 80% of cell sites were working in the New York City areas and Staten Island, respectively
With power outages not functioning many New Yorkers are searching to get their cellphones charged and continues to be a huge priority and New Yorkers are using all the various methods to keep themselves connected to the world some took to going to Starbucks to take advantage of power outlets and Wi-Fi. A group of about a dozen people in New York Midtown plugged cellphones and laptops into electrical outlets and near a bank ATM and many community centers and a high school in Fair Lawn, N.J., opened doors for people to charge their communication mobile devices.
Verizon Wireless set up communication centers on Staten Island, at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J., and at two locations in Toms River, N.J., to provide public access to charging stations and Internet-connected computers. Its retail stores are also letting customers charge devices and Verizon says Sandy effects could be ‘significant’
According to Washington Post it states that FCC -Federal regulators say wireless networks depend on – Fuel supplies critical for cell towers in storm–hit areas, to replenish diesel tanks at backup generators.
- A Look inside Verizon’s Flooded Communications Hub – WSJ.com
Eleven years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Verizon Communications Inc is once again scrambling to repair severe damage to a key switching facility inside its historic headquarters building in lower Manhattan. The massive facility for interconnecting key communications lines sustained heavy damage after planes struck the Twin Towers more than a decade ago.AT&T says its stores are open for charging, too, and it has deployed a fleet of RVs with charging plugs throughout New York’s fiveboroughs. Source ZDNet Mobility
Although not everyone had shortage of power Goldman’s Headquarters, an Oasis of Electricity – and Goldman opened its offices to employees on Wednesday, after closing Monday and Tuesday as stock and bond markets were shut because of the storm. Heaps of sandbags lined the building early in the week — a barrier against flooding that helped shield local businesses as well. “We used our generators to ensure that our employees would be able to work and that the small businesses on our ground floor would, too,” David Wells, a Goldman spokesman, said in an e-mail. The shops and restaurants surrounding Goldman Sachs’s 200 West Street headquarters were doing brisk business on Friday, even as the …Outside all the cell phone sites & towers what comes to mind and is a bit scary after listening to many bulletins around cyber threats, how well are many governments globally prepared to face cyber threats, a very interesting post on RT website “Power lines and infrastructure were ravaged this week from a pummeling by Hurricane Sandy, emulating what experts warn cyber-terrorists might soon do to America’s grid. Despite those fears, though, a new report says the feds are as unready as ever” more @ RT US admits to lack of cybersecurity professionals as war drums beat louder .
As we all watched in horror all the images, videos, news, read blogs posts and images on social networking sties being posted, I was truly in shock …as I had just returned back from Spain and witnessed a fire massive fire in Costa del Sol in Malaga take away peoples properties and this was truly a reminder to me again, how we can’t take things for granted and truly can’t get attached to everything on earth, something I have been realizing after I started building my company and since Cameron the CEO of Asita Informatica Inc passed away. Keep in mind I there is nothing wrong in making money, owning a home, nothing wrong in having a beautiful life here, enjoying the luxuries in life…blah blah blah as the French would say, nothing wrong at all……just a reminder that a hurricane, floods or earth quake etc can also take things away from us… in instant moment, Sandy’s power left Millions of people waiting for power to come back on Tuesday, and New Yorkers found themselves all but cut off from the modern world as the U.S. death toll from Super storm Sandy climbed to 40, many of the victims killed by falling trees in addition the damage in New Jersey the storm destroyed peoples homes and life became precious for many and the power of hurricane-force winds of 80 mph, became the focus knocking the foundation of people homes and buildings, boardwalks wrecked and amusement pier rides cast into the sea for more about these visuals expands further CLICK HERE
Well we can hope & prayer for everyone to be safe and where ever people are in the United States and the world Hurricane Sandy Leaves Destruction In Her Wake – ABC News ” THE ‘OTHER SIDE’ OF SANDY NOT SEEN ON TV OR IN NEWSPAPERS Sandy struck CUBA, JAMAICA, HAITI AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Images that you will not see in the newspapers or on TV. There are now many more homeless people in Cuba, Jamaica n Reflecting and understanding the power of nature & THE POWER of this universe we take for granted most of the time, in a few seconds, moments or hours can with its wild dance take everything insight and destroy things into pieces on planet earth. We hear some very sad and touching stories and how it has effected so many people in the United States, lets please not forget similar devastation in other parts of the world are also taking place, unfortunately we don’t hear all this all the time – mainstream media does not report most of these stories. either …sometimes we need to think of the human cost involved vs. monetary cost in situations like these. Sometimes we all take things for granted ….and at what expense does humanity globally also go through similar situations that include poverty, lack of so many things outside just the technologies. A touching story about a woman and her two children Black Mom’s Neighbors Refused to Help as Sandy … – Colorlines