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Re: Telecom Collapse?
On Thu, Dec 04, 2008 at 11:08:49AM -0600, Jack Bates wrote: > 911 services are heavily used when a geographical area has an emergency, > and that emergency usually includes not having power. Yes, and it usually involves several thousand people all phoning to report the same damned thing, clogging up the emergency service's lines so that *other* emergencies (like, say, someone having a heart attack) don't get dealt with. > Unless you live in a natural disaster prone location. So don't do that. It's really rather silly. I've always thought that people who choose to live on flood plains or on the side of active volcanos etc are at least a little bit crazy. Of course, if they're so poor that they don't have any choice (Bangladesh, perhaps) then they can't afford the non-existent POTS infrastructure anyway - but someone in the village might have a mobile. > Or if your > grandmother's alert bracelet requires a phone line for notification. That's no reason for almost anyone to have a POTS line, because almost everyone doesn't live with their grandmother, and almost all grandmothers don't have alert bracelets. -- David Cantrell | http://www.cantrell.org.uk/david comparative and superlative explained: <Huhn> worse, worser, worsest, worsted, wasted