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Verizon Kept Their Wireless Services Up for Sandy Victims

By November 7, 2012February 28th, 2023Blog

Mike Haberman, a Verizon Wireless executive, was hit directly by Hurricane Sandy. Due to some quick thinking, he managed to stay online during the entire storm and work from his home from his laptop and smartphone. Why is this important? Because Haberman was one of the man reasons that Verizon Wireless was able to stay up during most of the storm, even as Sandy wreaked havoc on the eastern US. Many people reported that they were able to browse the Internet and make important calls, even though they were confined to their houses.

Verizon had 6% of their towers knocked out, and AT&T had to strike a roaming agreement during the storm. Verizon planned well for the storm, though it still hit harder than they expected. “We run to a crisis. When something hits, myself, other members of the team, we’re singularly focused on that,” Haberman said.

AT&T and TMobile are up to 98% functionality while Sprint is up to 85%. Even for Verizon, New York City, Long Island, and Manhattan are still having issues for all carriers, though the companies are working around the clock to get services up and running again in all areas.

Haberman says this is because Verizon tested their networks again and again before the storm. He, himself, decided to test his generator before his power went offline and found that it had a faulty circuit, which is something he would have not been able to repair if he had caught it after the storm had ripped through his city. “Just like you would run them in your house, we test and test them with a load,” he said.


Chris Forte

Chris Forte, President and CEO of Olmec Systems, has been in the MSP workspace for the past 25 years. Chris earned his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He was a past member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a current member of the New Jersey Power Partners and Executive Association of New Jersey, where he has previously served on its board of directors. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling with his family. He also admits to being a struggling golfer and avid watcher of college football and basketball. He currently lives in Boonton Township, NJ with his wife, two daughters, son, and black lab Luna.