New Networks Shame on Verizon: There Are Customers in Manhattan, New York City Who Still Don’t Have Service After Sandy — 186 Days and Counting. Read the article Download the article.
This is a foreboding glimpse into your future communications services if you live in the USA. I’m sitting in a high ceiling parlor in an aged brownstone at the E.9th Street Block Association meeting. People are telling me, somewhat muting their anger, that some have had no phone service since Sandy, October 28th 2012 —- 186 days ago, almost 6 months, almost half a year. Some had their service restored over the last month, only being out for about 5 months. I’m in a roomful of people in the middle of Manhattan, New York City, and I can’t believe my ears. I’ve been a telecom analyst for 31 years and thought I’d heard everything before – but this? Mayor Bloomberg, with claims that New York City is a world center for technology announced his new campaign, “We Are Made in NY” in 2013, stating we’re “strengthening the city as a global hub for innovation.” Being out of service is only one of the Manhattenites’ problems. Almost all of those without Verizon service have continued to be billed for services that THEY DO NOT RECEIVE. What’s the problem – how could this be happening in America?
Hurricane Sandy Scholastic is donating one million books to schools and libraries in the hardest-hit areas of the tri-state region.
The impact of Hurricane Sandy on K12 Schools
The impact of Hurricane Sandy on schools (57 schools in New York City are too damaged to reopen, forcing the relocation of 34,000 students, and 14 schools in New Jersey are still closed) is a reminder of the need to build a comprehensive, all-hazards school emergency management plan that is framed by the four phases of emergency management — Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. Two critical aspects include the continuity of education and the provision of mental health supports for students and staff experiencing trauma due to disasters or significant incidents.
http://www.ed.gov/sandy/ AND http://rems.ed.gov/
Also, the emergency underscored the importance of facilities’ maintenance and environmental health, controlling utility costs, and schools serving as emergency shelters, as well as the need for effective environmental education.
Meanwhile, Scholastic is donating one million books to schools and libraries in the hardest-hit areas of the tri-state region.
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Hurricane Sandy help from FED Dept of Ed to SEAs LEAs IHEs
Department is reaching out to state education agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEAs), institutions of higher education (IHEs), and state and local disaster recovery coordinators to let them know about issue-specific recovery resources. Also, the Department is posting relevant information on a new Hurricane Sandy web page: http://www.ed.gov/sandy/.
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Find Free WiFi hotspots in PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, MA, NH and ME.
Why We Have An Open Wireless Movement
EFF believes open networks are crucial in hurricane-affected areas
By ADI KAMDAR
Oct 30, 2012
In troubled times, it’s important to help each other out. Right now, we’re witnessing an unprecedented hurricane hitting the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, and the ensuing damage and power outages are crippling rescue efforts, businesses large and small, and personal communications.
Communication is critical in time of crisis, and the Internet allows for the most effective way of getting information in and out. With readily available networks, government officials could use tools like Twitter to quickly spread information, citizen reports could help focus assistance where it is needed most, and social media updates could help reassure friends and loved ones—keeping mobile phone lines open for emergencies.
To take advantage of the Internet, people should not have to attempt to skirt restrictive Terms of Service to attempt to tether their smartphones. And tethering would not be necessary if there were ubiquitous open wireless, so that anyone with a connection and power can share their network with the neigborhood.
Last year, we wrote a post titled “Why We Need An Open Wireless Movement.” Today, EFF is proud to announce the launch of the Open Wireless Movement—located at openwireless.org—a coalition effort put forth in conjunction with nine other organizations: Fight for the Future, Free Press, Internet Archive, NYCwireless, the Open Garden Foundation, OpenITP, the Open Spectrum Alliance, the Open Technology Institute, and the Personal Telco Project.
Aimed at residences, businesses, Internet service providers (ISPs), and developers, the Open Wireless Movement helps foster a world where the dozens of wireless networks that criss-cross any urban area are now open for us and our devices to use.
Imagine a future with ubiquitous open Internet
FREE WIFI HOT SPOT FINDER
XFINITY WiFi hotspots in the affected markets to anyone who needs them including non-Comcast subscribers in PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, MA, NH and ME. Non-XFINITY Internet customers should search for the ³xfinitywifi² network name and click on the ³
Not a Comcast subscriber? ² link at the bottom of the Sign In page. Then select
the ³ Complimentary Trial Session² option from the drop down list. Users
will be able to renew their complimentary sessions every 2 hours through
Wednesday November 7th.
For a map of XFINITY WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in malls, shopping districts, parks, and train platforms, please visit www.xfinity.com/wifi (Note: Complimentary XFINITY WiFi service may not be available in Partner WiFi Hotspot locations).”
Verizon Lobby under water
Under sea cables
TuneIn Radio (Free, iPhone, Android, Blackberry): Listen to local radio for weather news or distraction from the rain. TuneIn plays more than 70,000 stations, from WTOP to the BBC.
Flashlight (Free, iPhone): Turn your phone’s camera flash into a flashlight, just in case you left candles out of your storm stockpile. Similar apps exist for Android phones.