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Default bye-bye land line telephone

On Sat, 14 May 2016 12:39:52 -0700 (PDT), trader_4

On Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 2:11:22 PM UTC-4, Mark Lloyd wrote:
On 05/14/2016 10:57 AM, trader_4 wrote:


When the power goes out, the cellphone works for me. I'm sure people
will say it's not as reliable as copper, etc, but IMO, not worth all
the worrying about extreme hypothetical situations. Each has it's
advantages and disadvantages.

When we had a tornado last year, cell phone service was unreliable
(probably overloaded and dropping calls), but was working OK in less
than an hour. Wired phone was out for 5 days.

In the previous major outage (hurricane Ike), wired phone was out for a
couple of days. Cell worked all that time.

It was the same here in NJ after Sandy. I had cell service the whole
time. Landline in my specific area, I can't say, because I don't have
it, but given the extent of lines down all over and that many shore
towns the poles and everything were kaput, I think a lot of landline
service was out. In many of those badly damaged shore towns, Verizon
will not be putting copper back in, it's gone for good.

What makes POTS so good here is when Sprint bought UTS, they replaced
just about everything with lots of fiber and virtually all of it is in
the ground. They put fiber in front of my house but Century Link never
used it and now it appears to be abandoned. A "locate" only comes up
with 2 services and there used to be 3. When Century Link replaced the
pedestals, the installer said he never heard anything about a fiber.