said by ropeguru:
What really gets me though is that in the past, keeping the phone system operational during times of disaster was mandated. That is to the best of their abilities given damage to infrastructure.
Wireless has taken that one.
Now days with Verizon and FIOS, they have been released of providing that redundancy for the end user to have phone during a disaster. All the responsibility falls back on the customer to find a way to keep the ONT powered when power is out. In my opinion, we have taken a giant step backwards in the landline industry when FTTH came into play.
This has been the subject of many articles in the Telecomm rags, telcos know the ongoing problems with copper and power and want to get away from it as much as possible leaving them with two choices load the ONTs with a backup battery and eat the every four or five year cost of a truck roll and a new battery if it didnt screw up the ONT or dump that responsibility off to the end user.
VZ took the later route.
Madness takes its toll, please have exact change ready