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Lessons from Disaster Relief

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The Importance of Communications Resiliency and Preparedness

An important mission of Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is to provide reliable communications services during times of crisis. And its active response during last year’s devastating series of Atlantic hurricanes that stretched from Texas to the US Virgin Islands demonstrates the critical importance of satellite networks in supporting disaster relief efforts. In particular, when existing terrestrial networks are seriously damaged or disabled, only the alternate paths of satellite access can ensure responders stay connected in impacted regions, sharing vital information for decision-making as they work to restore damaged infrastructure and help save lives. These experiences prove there is an urgent need for emergency preparedness plans to include highly resilient communications infrastructure employing both terrestrial and satellite access technologies, together with adequate tactical support resources to be on the ready before disasters strike.

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