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Hughes-Cisco Team Providing Habitat For Humanity SATCOM Post-Sandy; Tony Bardo Comments

HughesLogoA team comprising of Hughes Network Systems, Cisco and the Global VSAT Forum is providing satellite broadband Internet and voice services to Habitat for Humanity for post-Superstorm Sandy relief efforts in New York state.

Hughes said it is providing the broadband service, Cisco is providing a tactical operations team on site to help customers connect their computers and the Global VSAT Forum provided a disaster preparedness registry to identify needed resources.cisco

“We’re honored to be playing this important part in supporting Habitat for Humanity’s noble efforts to help families rebuild their lives,” said Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for government solutions.

“Cisco’s TacOps teams are deployed to support communications in the acute phase of emergencies, such as in the wake of Superstorm Sandy,” said Tim Woods, a Cisco technical support manager. “It has been a pleasure to work side by side with the Habitat for Humanity team, providing vital communications to both staff and volunteers.”

After Superstorm Sandy struck Breezy Point, Habitat for Humanity volunteered to help the residents rebuild their homes by setting up a command center nearby to coordinate the effort.

Flooding and power outages had knocked out base stations, towers and switching centers of terrestrial network providers, Hughes said.

“The combined assistance from Cisco Systems, the Global VSAT Forum and Hughes was invaluable, and to this day Hughes and Cisco are supporting our disaster operations in this devastated area,” said Jim Killoran, executive director for Habitat for Humanity in Westchester, N.Y. “This support has been critical to our success in helping to alleviate suffering and get families loser to being in their homes.”

“The combined assistance from Cisco Systems, the Global VSAT Forum and Hughes was
invaluable, and to this day Hughes and Cisco are supporting our disaster operations in this
devastated area,” said Jim Killoran, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Westchester.
“This support has been critical to our success in helping to alleviate suffering and get families
closer to being in their homes.”

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