Muni Fiber Last Mile - a contrary opinion

Jared Mauch jared at
Sun Dec 26 18:37:15 CST 2010

You are likely already at the mercy of some local hut for your dialtone. Very few things home run to the co these days. It's unlikely any hut has more than 24 hours of battery. 

I have talked to local techs that make the same trip each shift to fuel the generator during regular or minor power outages. Anything major, expect the service to die.

Best bets: your state emergency operations center, hospitals, airports, grocery stores and possibly hotels.

During the northeast power outage the biggest local problem was inability to pump gas out of underground tanks. The margin at the stations is low enough it's not worth it to have generators. Best off having the pipeline next to you and to use natural gas/propane if your needs can be easily met by it. 

Jared Mauch

On Dec 23, 2010, at 1:09 PM, "George Bonser" <gbonser at> wrote:

>> A 75% upsell rate to triple play packages seems ludicrous.  I can't
>> think of any industry that sees an upsell rate of 75% - can you (hell,
>> I sold running shoes in high school, and the -target- upsell rate on
>> shoestrings/socks/whatever-else was 15%).
>> Nathan
> Well, I won't get rid of my "wired" phone for VOIP.  The power where I live is subject to outage during storms but the phones work.  I want a phone that works when the power is out for an extended period of time.
> At most, they would get "double play" from me (TV and Internet) and that' it.  And based on discussions with others, many feel the same way about having their telephone depend on their cable box having power.

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