"Cut off from traditional and cellular phone service by the floods after the storm, a top aid to the mayor of New Orleans managed to re-establish communications with the outside world — including President Bush — using a broadband connection and an Internet phone account." Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9503404/ Last year, I was dealing with some sub-contractors in Florida. We were transfering lots of data via email. When last-year's hurricanes roared through, cable and its associated broadband ISP's were the first ones up and running! No cell or land-line...just "cable" (if you had power to run your own equipment).