Hot weather and power outages continue

William S. Duncanson caesar at
Mon Jul 24 22:17:57 UTC 2006

Indeed, my RoadRunner connection is the same way.  All of my stuff stays up,
but "teh Interweb is broken." I'm guessing that they (DSL/CableCo's) find it
too cost-prohibitive to roll out UPSes to the customer aggregation points.
Suprisingly, my cable TV goes out as well when the power goes, so it might
just be more than the CMTS that's going out.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-nanog at [mailto:owner-nanog at] On Behalf Of
Michael Loftis
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2006 16:20
To: nanog at
Subject: Re: Hot weather and power outages continue

--On July 24, 2006 2:22:26 AM -0400 Sean Donelan <sean at> wrote:

> While its expected for individual customers to go down during power 
> outages, usually because the customer does not have local backup 
> power, it is less common for major web sites and co-location centers 
> to experience downtime during power outages.

Except if you're in Qwest territory.  Apparently they don't put any battery
backup at their mini-DSLAMs and such.  Every time we lose power, I'm still
up, but the DSL signal goes away.  Haven't checked dialtone, but I keep
meaning too during the next outage.

Now I know it's not exactly fair singling out Qwest, because I'll bet
Verizon and others share the same thing, and I'm pretty sure it's just their
ADSL service and not the  voice service (I haven't checked though) it's
still becoming more and more common that as an individual user your
connection to the internet, unless you're paying for something other than
ADSL or Cable, will be just as affected by local power outages.

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