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Optical Communications Group offers support to NYC area providers, first responders

Fiber transport provider kept running during Hurricane Sandy
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Optical Communications Group (OCG), a competitive fiber transport provider offering services throughout New York's five boroughs and parts of New Jersey, on Tuesday said that it kept its network running during Hurricane Sandy and is assisting area businesses and service providers with various connectivity options to help them restore or enhance their communications and backup systems.

Brad Ickes, OCG's President and a former NYPD officer, said he has been working with his management team and local police and rescue officials to help first responders and emergency crews' post-Sandy recovery efforts in the two worst-hit areas: Staten Island and the Rockaways.

"At OCG, our first priority is assisting those in need while keeping our network online," he said. "OCG has the tools to offer support and is making full use of these resources." In addition to network resources, OCG's sister company BMI can also assist with various outside plant services, including constructing fiber between buildings and build redundant network paths.

For area service providers that have been struggling to restore service following the hurricane, OCG is offering fiber connectivity to buildings from its diverse connections throughout New York and New Jersey.

OCG said it also can connect enterprise and carrier networks to transcontinental and domestic networks "from the Long Island landing stations without going through Manhattan" via its own "Manhattan BYPASS Network."

Set on satisfying the need for greater network diversity following the September 11 terrorist attacks, the "Manhattan BYPASS Network" includes underwater access between eastern Long Island and New Jersey by utilizing our submarine cable between Staten Island and Brooklyn.

For more:
- see the release

Special Coverage: Hurricane Sandy's aftermath

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