September 20, 2017 - Days ago, a terrorist-planned explosion occurred in one of London’s underground stations. In emergency situations of the level we saw in London, cellular networks will become overburdened with heavy use and will crash, therefore making cell phones useless. TCC Teleplex brings an answer to public safety when it is critical for people to reach emergency responders, family, and loved ones. When cellular networks have crashed and power is knocked out, rendering everything unusable but pay phones, it will be necessary to have landlines to contact emergency responders.
TCC Teleplex, through our campaign to save the payphone as well as ability to manufacture and install our new Internet Access Portal (IAP) kiosks throughout New York City and the MTA subway system, will provide the reliable service New Yorkers have come to expect from TCC Teleplex when we introduced thousands of state-of-the-art public pay phones and later, our Internet terminals and kiosks. These will be on every MTA station and platform, so that in the event of a terrorist bombing such as the recent attack in the London subway, people will be able to rely on TCC Teleplex to reach whomever they need to 24/7 and receive real time updates.
When the New York Blackout of 2003 took out all power and Hurricane Sandy knocked out power across New York, pay phones became the only available option to reach 911, 311, family, friends, and loved ones. The same will happen in future emergency situations, such as a terrorist attack or natural disaster, and pay phones will once again be the only means of communication on the ground. Pay phones are not dead yet, and they must be preserved. It will be critical to Save the Pay Phone, and TCC Teleplex’s commitment is to upgrade them to our IAP kiosks.