reply to IowaCowboy
Re: VOIP suggestions If you care about reliability, you'd get a copper landline. If you care about price, you'd get Ooma or something like that. CDV just doesn't have a place in either.
said by BiggA:I disagree. I find that Comcast CDV has been absolutely reliable. Yes, if your power goes out, you will have a shorter run-time than with a landline...assuming that it does not go out, and I have had loss of landline service a couple of times due to outages in recent years).
If you care about reliability, you'd get a copper landline. If you care about price, you'd get Ooma or something like that. CDV just doesn't have a place in either.
Obviously, based on location, YMMV with either a landline or CDV.
Price, I do agree on. There are cheaper options that have varying degrees of call quality as well as reliability...but that is the price for saving some bucks.
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Soon as the power or cable goes down, it's dead. Meanwhile, if the power is out, the lines are down, all hell has broken loose, AT&T is still cranking on battery power with diesel to recharge them. There is nothing as reliable as copper.
During Irene, the power was out for nearly a week here, and AT&T was cranking the whole time off of diesel power. Comcast was out for about another week before they finally bothered to restore service. Somehow, the power stayed up during Sandy, but a week later the power was down. Again, CDV wouldn't have worked, but AT&T was cranking along.
VOIP is also tied to cable, so it has the same reliability as CDV... i.e. not much.
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CDV has fewer points of failure with Vonage and Ooma, there are many more points of failure such as more pieces of CPE and commercial Internet back haul. CDV only needs the link between the headend and the modem.
When the last mile is the least reliable part of it all, they are, in practicality, they have the same miserably unreliable track record. Copper landlines are the only reliable things during a storm. Or cell phones for most people. For us, however, we're using a Microcell, and during the summer, the macrocell signal is barely good enough to make a phone call or use really slow data, so when Comcast goes down, those are pretty crippled too.
reply to BiggA
Just hope their fuel pumps are not in the basement.
Not out here in CT. In lower Manhattan, just about everything was hopeless once the flood waters entered the underground utility tunnels. Ironic, since they were buried the late 1800's to avoid snow and ice damage.