Verizon and AT&T, two of the largest telecommunication companies in the United States are reporting massive repair efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's devastation in New York and New Jersey. In addition to the restoration work underway, many large broadband companies providing service in the New York City and the State of New Jersey are contributing to State and City relief efforts.
Some estimates have put the potential economic damage from Hurricane Sandy at over $50 billion, which includes property damage, lost business and additional living expenses. This makes the storm the second most damaging storm in history of the U.S. (behind Hurricane Katrina.)
In addition to the massive restoration efforts, broadband providers are also contributing to local and state storm restoration and relief funds in New York and New Jersey.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy the FCC is also conducting hearings on the resiliency of the nation's broadband infrastructure, as disaster preparedness and the state of broadband networks are put to the test.