Telecom Collapse?

Russell J. Lahti rlahti at
Thu Dec 4 12:47:03 UTC 2008

That is the one and only thing keeping a land line at my home.  I
have two young children, and I need to be sure that if something
were to ever happen that: 1.) The phone would work even if the
power was out, or the Internet connectivity was flaking out.
2.) 911 would function exactly the way it is supposed to, and
not be routed to some 3rd party call center which could potentially
delay a response.

I haven't found the power to be reliable, and the cable Internet
tends to go down when the power goes out.  There's always cellular,
but then you have to depend on there being someone with a cell phone
around to make the call, and my kids aren't to the age yet that I
would want them toting around their own cell phones.  As long as
my POTS line is more reliable than VoIP, I'll probably keep it.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Lyon [mailto:mike.lyon at] 
> Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 2:11 AM
> To: Alex Rubenstein
> Cc: nanog at
> Subject: Re: Telecom Collapse?
> That makes two of us...
> Anyways, for residential VOIP, where are we these days with 
> E911? Are providers like Vonage and such providing reliable 
> E911 when people call 911? That is one of the major problems 
> I see with the residential realm going with VOIP offerings...
> -Mike
> On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 11:06 PM, Alex Rubenstein 
> <alex at> wrote:
> >
> >> I deliberated for a while on whether to send this, or not, but  I 
> >> figure it might be of interest to this community:
> >>
> >>
> >
> > Good god. If there is even the mention of a LEC bailout, I 
> am going to go insane and probably shoot someone (those who 
> know me know this is a actual possibility).
> >
> > If the phone companies had actually focused on providing 
> good, competitive service, this would have never happened. 
> Instead, they spent money and time on figuring out ways to 
> screw with their competition, and have legislation passed 
> that protects them.
> >
> > People (at least the ones I know) are fed up with dealing 
> with these companies, and many people I know don't have land 
> lines and never intend on having them again.
> >
> > Let them collapse. It's good for them, us, and the 
> capitalist in you and me. Go buy a cell phone, and have a coke.
> >
> >
> >
> >

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