The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be holding a hearing on Hurricane Sandy, and has requested the testimony of several chief executives from Time Warner Cable, Verizon, and AT&T. Time Warner Cable’s Chief Security Officer Brian Allen is the only cable MSO executive scheduled to speak so far.
Executives from Verizon and AT&T are included on the FCC’s witness list. Time warner Cable’s Brian Allen will be joined by Verizon VP of State Government Affairs Jim Gerace, Hughes Network Systems VP Tony Bardo, Edison Electric Institute General Counsel Ed Comer, and New Jersey Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula. All will be testifying in a panel session titled, “Assessing Network Resiliency–Lessons Learned from Sandy.”
AT&T’s President of Network Operations Bill Smith is scheduled to testify during the 4 p.m. panel session “Outside the Box–New Ideas to Improve Communications.” He will be joined by other notable executives, including Clear Channel CEO John Hogan and WABC-TV President Dave Davis.
So far, Cablevision and Comcast have not been scheduled to talk at the FCC hearing. Among the cable providers, it could be said that Time Warner Cable set the tone by automatically adding credits to their customers’ accounts, instead of requiring them to call and report the specific times of service outage just to get their credits.
Overall, the preparation for Hurricane Sandy was good, though of course there’s always room for improvement.