In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Verizon is replacing damaged copper wire with fiber optic cables and updating its infrastructure. Crain’s New York Business reports that it is a tremendous logistical task—with the equivalent of 20 years’ worth of materials and installations. Seawater ruined almost all of the 500 copper cables that began at their Broad Street office and ending at Maiden Lane and the Battery. Not only did damaged transformers, routers, switches and other equipment have to be replaced, they had to be manufactured first. Factories had to make sophisticated equipment as well as simple parts like bolts, screws and clamps.
In the meantime, Time Warner Cable is picking up Verizon former customers who can’t wait for upgrades. But eventually Verizon will offer profitable new services—including FiOS, a bundled service that delivers telephone, television and Internet access.