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The Verizon Building And Communications On 9/11, interesting info I wasn't aware of

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post Aug 7 2007, 11:13 PM
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Lower Manhattan was not only the site of the worst terrorist attack inhumanhistory, it was alsohometo one
of the most critical communications facilities in the nation. And that also
made it the site of the worst cyber-terrorist attack in history.
The massive brick building located at 140West Street, across the street
fromtheWorld Trade Center and directly adjacent to #7World Trade office
complex, was built in the 1920s by the New York Telephone Company. It
was known for its “exterior ornamental motifs, veined marble walls, travertine
floors with bronze medallions, and a vaulted ceiling embellished
with murals depicting the stages in the evolution of human communication.”
12 On September 11, however, the building’s more than 1,700 occupants
knew it as the main regional switching station of Verizon
Communications and the digital heartbeat of the nation’s economy on
Wall Street. The computers and switching equipment inside the facility
were responsible for managing billions of bits of electronic data and tens of
millions of telephone calls every day. And that was on a normal day.
With the disintegration of the two World Trade Center towers and the
collapse of #7WorldTrade later that afternoon, that digital heartbeat began to
flat-line.Verizon’s call volume reached twice the normal daily rate of 115 million
calls inNewYork City and 35 million calls in theWashington, D.C., area.
And although it remained operational, the wireless network experienced
massive congestion that prevented most calls from getting through. During
the peak of the chaos, Verizon experienced nearly 100 percent more traffic
than normal on its nationwide wireless network. There were as many as ten
wireless cell sites in New York City that were not operating, including those
that were located at the top of the north tower of theWorld Trade Center. In
addition, the infrastructure that connected the sites to the landline network
went through the basement of theWorld Trade Center.
“We knew the damage was absolutely major,” recalled Brenton Greene.
“In the basement of No. 2World Trade Center, there were two central office
switches. You could characterize the World Trade Center buildings as
being like two cities, and there was a major switch that controlled telecom-
munications for each of the buildings, and both of them were in the basement
of No. 2World Trade Center. And they just went away,” he said.“We
knew there would be a major impact, but the degree of the impact was not
yet known.”

12 From New York City Landmarks Preservation Committee. Also known as the
Barclay-Vessey Building, 140 West Street, it was designed by architect Ralph
Walker and erected between 1923 and 1927.

Quoted from pp. 148-9 of Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyber-Terrorism by Dan Verton http://www.webcitation.org/5QueD1mCx

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