Unless you are copper all the way back to the switching office you are more likely to keep a signal from wireless if the tower is not damaged then you will if you are on a carrier system unless that system has a generator. Most cell towers have a generator. As small as your town of Morton Grove is you make be all copper.
I have read on DSLreports that AT&T has notified the FCC they plan to shut down the switched services (POTS) some time in the future. In most states the POTS lines have been more or less deregulated. The reasoning is we have competition from cable and they are deregulated for their VoIP service.
JimThePCGuy Formerly known as schja01. Premium,MVM join:2000-04-27 Morton Grove, IL
reply to WhatNow Yep copper from the NID to the CO. The only way to go for true E911 during extended power outages. Like I tell everyone... when I dial 911 I want to know that the Fire Department knows EXACTLY what door to break down if I can't speak on the phone. Wireless doesn't do that. VOIP is only as good as the weakest (broadband) link.
reply to JimThePCGuy Wireless doesnt do that now. It would be very easy for them to do that with wireless just like they do with land lines. When i called 911 during a hunting accident in the middle of the woods i was told to just leave my phone on and they were able to locate me just fine in the middle of the woods. The ambulance came up the pipe line and i didnt have no clue where i was in the middle of a 5000 acre state park. Dont mix up what they want to do with what they can do. Lets all be honest, land lines have been dieing for years now. Its not a matter of if but when.