Verizon Video Confirms Telecom Cable Damage From Sandy

The company says it's time to upgrade its copper cables to fiber

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Last week, I wrote about my ride with "disaster forensics" expert Alexis Kwasinski as he assessed damage to New York's telecom infrastructure in the wake of "Superstorm" Sandy. Touring the most devastated areas, Kwasinski identified several central telecom offices that had flooded during the surge. One was a Verizon office in lower Manhattan, a block from the World Trade Center. Kwasinski suspected that since the office had lost power during the storm, its copper telecom cables had lost the pressurized air that is normally pumped into them to keep water out. When the surge struck, the seawater likely seeped into the depressurized cables, damaging the copper wires.

Turns out Kwasinski was right. He pointed me to this video, recently released by Verizon, explaining the equipment damage and what the company is doing to repair it.

Verizon says the restoration process provides an opportunity to upgrade many of its copper cables to fiber.

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Why the Internet Needs the InterPlanetary File System

Peer-to-peer file sharing would make the Internet far more efficient

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Carl De Torres

When the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in early 2020, the world made an unprecedented shift to remote work. As a precaution, some Internet providers scaled back service levels temporarily, although that probably wasn’t necessary for countries in Asia, Europe, and North America, which were generally able to cope with the surge in demand caused by people teleworking (and binge-watching Netflix). That’s because most of their networks were overprovisioned, with more capacity than they usually need. But in countries without the same level of investment in network infrastructure, the picture was less rosy: Internet service providers (ISPs) in South Africa and Venezuela, for instance, reported significant strain.

But is overprovisioning the only way to ensure resilience? We don’t think so. To understand the alternative approach we’re championing, though, you first need to recall how the Internet works.

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