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Re: NYT: Phone Network Is Vulnerable, Report Finds

  • From: William Warren
  • Date: Tue Aug 06 15:31:11 2002

here is the entire report copied and pasted:

August 6, 2002

Phone Network Is Vulnerable, Report Finds


T elecommunications networks in Lower Manhattan remain vulnerable to major failures in the event of a disaster, even if it were to occur on a smaller scale than the World Trade Center attack, according to a report scheduled to be released today.

The report, compiled by a group of downtown executives, concludes that a lack of redundant telephone and digital communication networks was a factor in the loss of telephone service to thousands of residents and businesses after the attack.

The report urges landlords and businesses to establish backup systems that would include a wireless network. It also encourages telephone carriers to set up systems that do not connect with the Verizon network, which provides most of the major communication links in the city.

Carriers are also encouraged in the report to provide government officials with detailed maps of their networks. The study was commissioned by the Alliance for Downtown New York; the Real Estate Board of New York; the New York Building Congress; and the Association for a Better New York.

Before Sept. 11, the report says, many of the 34,000 customers who would lose telephone and Internet service on the day of the attack were convinced they would not suffer a communications blackout in a major disaster because they did business with multiple carriers.

But those customers did not realize that most of their lines, regardless of the carrier, ran through a Verizon central office on West Street that was damaged by the collapse of 7 World Trade Center.

"There is an education component to all of this," said Jordan Silbert, a spokesman for the Alliance for Downtown New York. "There were other options, and people were not aware of them. Instead, people were overly dependent on 140 West Street."

Lower Manhattan has the most densely packed communications networks in the world. It is home to many major financial institutions and to important government offices that include the F.B.I.

Verizon operates the largest telephone and data communications network in the city. State deregulation has allowed competitors to enter the market, but most of those companies lease lines from Verizon, which means almost all the lines in the city run through the same conduits and switching offices. The report recommends that other carriers build large networks completely separate from Verizon's. One company, Con Ed Communications, has already installed a fiber optic telecommunications network in conduits controlled by its parent, Consolidated Edison Company. But most other competitors have said such a move would be too costly.

John J. Bonomo, a Verizon spokesman, said it would be too expensive, as well, for Verizon itself to build such a system.

"In a perfect world and with a blank check, these things can be done," Mr. Bonomo said, adding that customers can pay extra to have lines come from multiple switching offices.

The report was prepared by executives from 13 large downtown organizations, including the Federal Reserve Board, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank.

Sean Donelan wrote:
Does anyone know where I could get a copy of the report mentioned
in today's New York Times (registration required)?


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