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FCC: Sandy Cable Outages Down to 20%
As Power Continues to Be Biggest Restoration Obstacle
by Karl Bode 09:46AM Friday Nov 02 2012
According to the latest FCC data cable outages are down to around 20% of all customers in regions impacted by Hurricane Sandy -- down from 25% one day earlier. According to the FCC, that impact area consists of 158 counties across 10 states from Virginia to Massachusetts. While some of the outages are related to carrier system issues, the lion's share of course are due to the lack of power in most of these areas. Millions of residents remain without power, with many utilities still conducting damage assessment and unwilling (or just unable) to provide ETAs for power restoration. Working cable is the least of many people's worries; 7,000 people in nine states spent Wednesday night in 115 Red Cross-operated shelters because they couldn't get home or had no home to get home to.

Update: The FCC now estimates that 12%-14% of Sandy-impacted customers are without cable services.

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For as wide of an impact area as it is, 7,000 people across 9 states seems like a pretty low number. There were 9000 people stuck in the Superdome alone when Katrina hit NOLA, with the number swelling to 15-20k in the immediate aftermath.

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I am sure if the power companies had a reasonable estimate they could give one. Ameren around here didn't have one when the storms went through here. I had 1 large generator, a POTS line and my DSL up and running. Watching movies was about the only things that really kept us sane the whole time.