FCCs RFC for the Definition of Broadband

Carlos Alcantar carlos at race.com
Fri Aug 28 13:15:57 CDT 2009

The dropping of internet is done on purpose to preserve the battery for
the pots when ac power is lost.  This is an actual setting in just about
all manufacturers of ftth equipment.  You'll probably have a hard time
to get them to change the profile on the equipment tho but it is

Carlos Alcantar
Race Telecommunications, Inc.
101 Haskins Way
South San Francisco, CA 94080
P: 650.649.3550
F: 650.649.3551

-----Original Message-----
From: William Herrin [mailto:herrin-nanog at dirtside.com] 
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 11:00 AM
To: Jack Bates
Cc: nanog at nanog.org
Subject: Re: FCCs RFC for the Definition of Broadband

On Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 9:47 AM, Jack Bates<jbates at brightok.net> wrote:
> I've yet to hear an ILEC suggest that they not
> have batteries in the NID to support the voice in power outages.

The battery in my FTTH NID is completely useless. It maintains the
voice side of the NID but drops the Internet side. Only, I cancelled
the POTS service years ago and use a Vonage phone. So now I need a
second UPS for the already-battery-backed NID or I lose phone service.
Brilliant design that.

IIRC, when my FTTH was installed, I was told: here's the battery. It's
now your problem. When this light goes red, call the number here to
BUY a new one.

Folks handle batteries for their flashlights and emergency radios and
cars and cordless phones. I fail to understand why asking the customer
to handle one more battery would stymie them.

Bill Herrin

William D. Herrin ................ herrin at dirtside.com  bill at herrin.us
3005 Crane Dr. ...................... Web: <http://bill.herrin.us/>
Falls Church, VA 22042-3004

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