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Re: Vonage needs to realize
I guess my experience has been different. I live in St. Louis and four times over the past nine months we experienced power outages that for some, lasted up to a week. (Twice last summer because of wind storms and twice this past winter due to ice storms. The local utility is in the frying pan because they have not been trimming the trees!)
Luckily only the last outage affected my house. I lost power for three days in early January due to an ice storm. I have Vonage as the primary line and it automatically forwards to my wife's cell when it's down. We always had service even though hundreds of thousands of customers in the area were also without power. I have to assume some or most were also relying on their cell phones.
After the first day network congestion may have been eased due to the temperature (20s) and duration of the outage. Some folks were forced to leave their home and stay with relatives and friends. Luckily we have a gas fireplace in our basement. Amazingly, it kept the entire house warm -- 85 in the basement, 70 on the first floor and 62 on the second floor.
Generators were instantly sold out so I bought a power inverter for the car that provided 400watts. Enough for a couple lamps and 14" TV. I was stunned that we never lost analog cable! I even hooked the cable modem up to my laptop and it worked!
Des Plaines, IL
In Chicago, the heat has been the thing that has triggered failures in ComEd's infrastructure, much of which dates back to the 1930s, and has been neglected for a long time. We would lose power in my neighborhood on hot days, when a million high-rise dwellers would return from work to their oven-hot apartments, crank up the A/C, turn on the big screen TV and start cooking in the microwave. The 80-year-old buried cables would overheat, melt their lead sheaths, short out and set the rubber insulation on fire.
For reasons unknown, one leg of our building's 3-phase would have ~90V on it although the other two were dead. I used to plug my A/C into the AC voltage regulator that I used for my stereo (which boosted 90V to 120V), and stay nice and cool all night. No cable, but DSL worked fine.