Verizon’s corporate headquarters in New York City is closed at the moment due to heavy flooding from the fury of Hurricane Sandy. Located at 140 West Street adjacent to the World Trade Center site, Verizon’s building is near the Hudson River, which overflowed due to the unrelenting power of the storm. As of yet, the MSO has not determined when the building can be reopened for its employees.
According to the statement released by Verizon, it is still able to deliver service to more than 200 locations in New York: “Despite massive flooding and the loss of commercial power in many locations, the company’s networks are functioning well, with serious problems in Lower Manhattan and stress in the greater New York metropolitan area. Verizon is delivering a significant amount of calls and providing Internet connectivity as people stay in touch during and after this historic storm.”
This is in addition to the outages that have impacted FiOS TV subscribers in New Jersey, Long Island and other surrounding areas that lay in the path of the storm. To help minimize the impact of Hurricane Sandy in the community, Verizon announced a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross and pledged to match per employee donations of up to $1,000 to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
Comcast is doing its part to provide some much needed resources to victims of Hurricane Sandy by opening up its Xfinity WiFi hotspots in Greater Philadelphia and New Jersey to everyone in need—including non-Comcast customers.
Current Comcast customers can just use a hotspot by searching for the “xfinitywifi” network name on their device. Everyone else can click on the “Not a Comcast subscriber?” link at the bottom of the Sign-In page, and select the “Complimentary Trial Session” link from the drop down menu.
Non-Comcast subscribers can renew their complimentary sessions every two hours until Wednesday, Nov. 7—which hopefully be enough time for Hurricane Sandy to pass and begin the rebuilding process for the surrounding communities. For a map of available Xfinity WiFi hotspots which can be accessed at both indoor and outdoor public areas including: shopping malls and districts, parks, train platforms and other areas, please visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.
It’s good to see that everyone—private businesses, citizens, relief organizations, and the government—are coming together to protect the community in times of extreme crisis and need. If you would like to know how you can help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, please see the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and Feeding America.