Telecom Collapse?

b nickell nickellman at gmail.com
Thu Dec 4 22:12:23 CST 2008


I believe its still the case, but you can order from the local LEC a
soft-dial tone. You hear dial tone, however the only calls that can be made
are to the LEC's Billing & to the PSAP(911). This might be a good option for
people w/ kids, etc. without paying the full price of a land line. I used to
work for Hawaiian Tel and we had an earthquake. It knock out the power for
several days. Most of our CO's stayed up & supported PSTN due to generators
& DC. People who had telephony w/ the cable company lost communications
along with their TV. Just a thought.

BN

On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 5:47 AM, Russell J. Lahti <rlahti at glcom.net> wrote:

> 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.
>
> -Russell
>
>
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Mike Lyon [mailto:mike.lyon at gmail.com]
> > Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 2:11 AM
> > To: Alex Rubenstein
> > Cc: nanog at nanog.org
> > 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 corp.nac.net> wrote:
> > >
> > >> I deliberated for a while on whether to send this, or not, but  I
> > >> figure it might be of interest to this community:
> > >>
> > >> http://techliberation.com/2008/12/04/telecom-collapse/
> > >
> > > 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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-B



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