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Analysis & Opinions - Christian Science Monitor

4 Ways to Get Phone Service the Next Time a Hurricane Sandy Calls

| December 3, 2012

In the aftermath of a disaster such as superstorm Sandy, two-way communication is essential. People need to be able to receive news and updates, and to request assistance and provide status updates to loved ones. Yet after hurricane Sandy, large portions of New York, New Jersey, and other areas lost their communication systems — their mobile phone network, cable TV, and Internet. Some sought out the last few pay phones as the only equipment that worked. Here are four ways to better prepare our phones and other devices for the next disaster.

Analysis & Opinions - Bloomberg

Why Cell Phones Went Dead After Hurricane Sandy

| November 15, 2012

"...[A]fter a decade of steady deregulation, during which communications companies asserted that new wires required new rules, the companies are in charge of themselves. What's more, those that sell network connections in the U.S. are trying to claim a constitutional right to operate without any federal oversight."

Professor Venkatesh "Venky" Narayanamurti

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News - Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center

Information and Communications Technology and Public Policy: The Next Wave

| November 15, 2011

Industry and academic experts from Harvard, MIT, and other Boston-area universities met for a three-day conference in September 2011 to examine policy choices facing the fast-changing field of information and communications technology at the intersection of public policy. The conference was convened by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affair’s Information and Communications Technology and Public Policy Project (ICTPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School.