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Edrick
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join:2004-09-11
Woburn, MA
reply to jmich

Re: Analog Voice Gateways

I'm loving this spotty cell service and complete areas without cell service because of the blackout. Even better is yesterday when all those college kids were using their cell service to call people over loading the network. A bunch of the city is still without power or traffic lights. Temp power feeders all over.

Our good ol analog / hard wired systems still work pisser along with our network infrastructure on backup.
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BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH
I like my AT&T, but I'll admit, it's Verizon who is always up no matter what happens. They voluntarily have 8 hours of battery backup plus many hours of diesel fuel at every cell site that it's possible. Verizon basically never goes down during power disruptions. I wish AT&T would take a cue and do the same, or out-do Verizon.


sk1939
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said by BiggA:

I like my AT&T, but I'll admit, it's Verizon who is always up no matter what happens. They voluntarily have 8 hours of battery backup plus many hours of diesel fuel at every cell site that it's possible. Verizon basically never goes down during power disruptions. I wish AT&T would take a cue and do the same, or out-do Verizon.

Verizon goes out just as often as AT&T does during an emergency. It's not the power that's the issue, it's the amount of traffic. There's a reason that during 9/11, emergency communications ground to a halt, and that during Katrina, the Louisiana government used land-lines and Sat Phones.

BiggA

join:2005-11-23
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Isn't there priority access for government, aid, and emergency workers?

I am just referencing general, non-emergency power outages. Verizon is rock solid, AT&T goes on the fritz within a few minutes.


sk1939
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There should be, but not on mobile communications.

cramer
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Raleigh, NC
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reply to BiggA
On paper, yes. Telco's are well known for cutting corners and just paying the fines later. (also, there's only so much protected capacity for 911; it can still be swamped.)

BiggA

join:2005-11-23
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reply to sk1939
There actually is.

I'm not comparing cabinet and bunker sites, just saying that Verizon has more backup than anyone else.


sk1939
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said by BiggA:

There actually is.

On paper like cramer said, just not usually in practice.