Telco and MSO preparations for what's being dubbed "Frankenstorm" lead off today's look around the cable and broadband industries.
Carriers and cable operators in the Northeastern U.S. are bracing for the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, a storm that could leave at least 10 million people without power, according to a model developed by a Johns Hopkins University researcher.
Time Warner Cable Inc.has deployed generators, fuel, fiber and other tools in "strategic locations near the potential path of the storm" so it can respond immediately to any damage caused by the storm. It has also deployed a fleet of recovery vehicles with food, water and tents for its techs along the East Coast, and is encouraging customers to follow two Twitter accounts (@TWCable_NYC and @TWCable_Neast) to receive live updates about the storm and related outages.
Verizon Communications Inc. is also poised to deploy its fleet of emergency vehicles, which includes a 51-foot mobile command center; two 53-foot mobile emergency calling centers; and satellite trailers. The carrier also has its environmental hazmat response team on standby to manage emergencies involving hazardous materials. Verizon posted this list of tips to help customers prepare for severe weather along with this video:
Comcast Corp., meanwhile, has posted this page to help customers prepare, and is asking them to go here to sign up for text alerts about service outages.
Cox has activated its Business Continuity Plan, which includes generator testing and the placement of additional people and equipment resources on standby.
Sprint Nextel Corp. has mobilized its network disaster recovery staff and readied its emergency response team in an effort to mitigate the impact of the storm. Preparations include the fueling of all permanent generators and mobilizing portable generators into threatened areas and verifying the operational readiness of generators and emergency equipment at all mobile switching centers and network POPs.
Aereo Inc. is seeking a patent for a "Cloud Based Location Shifting Service" that streams local TV broadcasts to subscribers when they are roaming outside their home markets, reports Multichannel News. Aereo, whose service is only offered in New York City, delivers over-the-air broadcast TV broadcasts to users over broadband from a central array of thumb-sized digital antennas. (See Judge Keeps Aereo on the Air.)
Cablevision Systems Corp. subscribers in parts of New York City, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania were able to tune in to see the San Francisco Giants complete its World Series sweep of the Detroit Tigers over the weekend after the MSO settled its retransmission dispute with the Tribune Company Friday.
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