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Re: Battery Maint in LEC equipment

  • From: Frank Coluccio
  • Date: Sun Jun 05 07:28:15 2005

>>wasn't refering to their POPs. I was refering to the customer location.

For about a year I've been in discussions with a private cable operator (PCO) who
has been knocking himself out trying to optimize an approach that would enable
him to provide generator backups in apartment buildings. He wants to match the
incumbent's triple play offerings, and in particular, he saw the need to provide
uninterrupted voice service during commercial power outages not only as an
amenity that was needed to compete with the telco, but in order to qualify for
lifeline service status, as well. The net effect of seeing what is happening in
the FTTP space has given him license now to begin considering options based on
the use of batteries, as well. Lifeline qualification and delivering non-stop
service availability are two separate, yet related, areas of consideration from a
regulatory persepective.  I suppose its left to interpretation, but I'm wondering
if the ILECs, by their use of a battery-replacement policy may be breaking the
models of both.

Frank A. Coluccio
DTI Consulting Inc.
212-857-8150 Office
347-526-6788 Mobile

On Sat Jun  4 23:56 , Sean Donelan  sent:

>On Sun, 5 Jun 2005, W.D.McKinney wrote:
>> >If you wanted to pay for it, some of the CLECs would add batteries.  But
>> >it wasn't part of the base package.
>> All the AT&T pops usually have nice battery and gen sets. That's what I like.
>I wasn't refering to their POPs.  I was refering to the customer location.
>I've been wondering when the building codes will be updated.  Currently
>the building codes require backup generators for elevators in high-rise
>buildings, but not for the telecommunications room in high-rise building
>(other than the fire alarm).  Instead of pulling individual copper pairs
>from a POP to the high-rise building, a CLEC may install a fiber mux in
>the basement and break-down individual circuits locally to copper.  When
>the building looses power, so does the fiber mux.
>Of course, adding batteries to the fiber mux doesn't solve the problem of
>PBXs or even modern pay telephones in office buildings not working when
>power fails.
>Who replaces the battery in your cell phone when it expires?  How about
>the battery in your cordless phone?  Or the battery in your smoke alarm?
>If you don't want to do it yourself, for a fee you can hire someone else
>to do it for you.  But then people would complain about the fee, and how
>they could do it themselves for less.