Vast networks of cable television are under severe strain as cable operators scramble to provide high-speed broadband service.
The National Association of Broadcasters said it is expecting the nation’s major cable companies to see their revenues dip as a result of the widespread disruption caused by the network blackout in the South Carolina and Georgia markets.
The National Association said cable operators have been working hard to restore service and are expected to make the best of a difficult situation by deploying the best technology.
“This is going to be a very, very tough storm and we are going to see a lot of problems for people,” said David M. Pomerantz, senior vice president of national communications at the National Association.
“We have seen a lot worse than this.
It’s going to take some time for people to get to work, for people on the ground to get on their computers and do their jobs.”
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association said its network outage estimates are not yet accurate, and that it is still assessing the extent of the network damage.
“The impact is being assessed,” said Paul J. Lavelle, NABT’s director of corporate communications.
“Our network is still down, we are still seeing disruptions.
There are no guarantees that we will be able to restore to normal conditions in the near future.”
In Georgia, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association is expected to release its fourth annual Network Outage Report in coming days, and NABI has issued an update for customers on the situation in South Carolina.
“The number of outages is continuing to grow,” the NAB’s Lavelie said.
“It is difficult to determine the exact number of impacted areas and the number of people who are without power or without power for some time.
It is a very complex situation.”
The NAB is warning that it expects to see many more outages in the coming days.
“We expect this to be the largest network outage in history,” Lavelel said.