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Re: That's AWESOME!!!
Landline is in no way dead, it is in decline but there are still hundreds of millions of Landlines out there in use every day. I will never disconnect mine willingly, when the power goes out Voip does not work for more than 20 minutes, if you are lucky.
said by Monos :What are you talking about--VoIP on a desktop powered by UPS? I don't think lucky applies to any part of that.
...when the power goes out Voip does not work for more than 20 minutes, if you are lucky.
You realise that cell phones carry their own UPS--and operate on expressly designed voice-over-GSM/CDMA networks--right?
Not to mention the ease with which you can access VoIP services over LTE- or 3G networks....
Most cell towers--but not all--have backup battery power. Last year, the FCC looked into requiring carriers to harden emergency power at all cell sites--but was sued by the CTIA and lost.
Hurricane Sandy made the FCC's point pretty firmly.
It made the telco's point as well... the facilities necessary to keep a cell tower (much less *all* of them) operational until the grid is restored would be *cough* extreme. (sizing the generator to the site, the cost of MANY generators, quite sizable amount of on-site fuel, security to keep people from stealing it, and contracts to manage filling/cycling the fuel.)
Keeping CO's powered is trivial by comparison. There aren't as many of them. And many (almost all?) are manned sites -- techs work from there or are in there regularly.