As electric utilities faced Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s Two Storm Panel this week, at least one wireless telephone provider is working to avoid public scrutiny of their performance by the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC).

The CSC sent the state’s wireless providers a survey on Sept. 22 requesting information on network performance following Tropical Storm Irene. To date only one of the state’s five carriers, MetroPCS, completed and returned the survey before the CSC’s Oct. 31 deadline. Verizon Wireless sent the Council a formal request for a protective order to keep their responses private.

Many wireless customers lost service following the storms when grid power was lost to cellular phone towers and switching facilities.

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Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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