When we hired our site access team, in-house electricians, critical infrastructure technicians, vendors, security team specialist, security outsource team and Cable Landing Station management, we explained that they worked at a mission critical facility, where one day we may need them to make sacrifices for the benefit of our critical infrastructure. At the time, the thought was it could be a hurricane, terrorist attack or even widespread power outage but the word “pandemic” never came up. We gave our team credentials designating them as Essential Employees with the State of New Jersey and explained it was a cautionary measure in case it was ever needed. Today, we are in the midst of a very fluid situation. With New Jersey currently having a stay at home order – we are prepared. When/if the situation changes again, our essential employees are prepared to travel to and from our facility with the proper credentials.
Our site access team is keeping the operations of NJFX in a consistent, reliable and steady state. We are busier than ever, assisting our clients and partners to deploy and augment their communication infrastructures during this time of increased bandwidth needs and to further ensure they have diverse, reliable routes in place. We added a new member to the operations team this week because we knew our bench would need to deepen as this crisis unfolds. Our team is busy getting customers installed with new fiber projects, cages and assisting vendors as they perform their preventative maintenance programs to ensure we are ready. These NJFX employees are the unsung heroes that don’t travel to conferences or coordinate events at the CLS Campus, they just keep everything operating smoothly to make sure our critical infrastructure is supported and protected so the rest of us can work from home, take virtual classes and even attend live streamed religious services.
These critical team members prefer to keep their anonymity and not be named or shown or recognized in any way, including for this article, but we wanted to say THANK YOU to all of them for doing what they do for us in our time of need. They have families, friends and full lives with varied interests. Today, they are at the NJFX CLS colocation campus, making all of us their priority during these uncertain times.
We say thank you to all of the essential employees at work today for making the sacrifice so our connected world can stay that way in a critical moment in time.