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Re: How relable does the Internet need to be? (Was: Re: ConvergedNetwork Threat)
Does anyone have documented instances in which misconfigured or failed residential VOIP services have resulted in deaths, or major injury? I can see how it would be easy for the typical end-user to choose the wrong regional 911 call centre when configuring their service. Outside of those of us with well-equipped home offices, I don't think many typical residential broadband users keep a UPS connected to their cablemodem/DSL modem and NAT box. Vonage and their competitors provide thorough warnings about this, but I think they may be going unheeded.E911 and FBI surveillance are just the tip of the iceberg... Joe
As a side note, are *all* cablemodem operators and DSL operators deploying UPSes as standard policy, in manholes or on poles with their digital loop / hybrid fibre-coax converters? Will the FCC desire that they do so in the future?
That said, most POTS cordless 2.4GHz phones don't operate in a power failure situation, as the base station requires 110V AC from the wall....