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Re: Hot weather and power outages continue

  • From: Brandon Galbraith
  • Date: Mon Jul 24 18:27:08 2006
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While hardwired (fiber/coax/copper) aggregation points usually don't have backup power on them, most cellular towers have either batteries or generators for backup power, correct?


On 7/24/06, William S. Duncanson <[email protected]> wrote:

Indeed, my RoadRunner connection is the same way.  All of my stuff stays up,
but "teh Interweb is broken." I'm guessing that they (DSL/CableCo's) find it
too cost-prohibitive to roll out UPSes to the customer aggregation points.
Suprisingly, my cable TV goes out as well when the power goes, so it might
just be more than the CMTS that's going out.

-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of
Michael Loftis
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2006 16:20
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: Hot weather and power outages continue

--On July 24, 2006 2:22:26 AM -0400 Sean Donelan <[email protected]> wrote:

> While its expected for individual customers to go down during power
> outages, usually because the customer does not have local backup
> power, it is less common for major web sites and co-location centers
> to experience downtime during power outages.

Except if you're in Qwest territory.  Apparently they don't put any battery
backup at their mini-DSLAMs and such.  Every time we lose power, I'm still
up, but the DSL signal goes away.  Haven't checked dialtone, but I keep
meaning too during the next outage.

Now I know it's not exactly fair singling out Qwest, because I'll bet
Verizon and others share the same thing, and I'm pretty sure it's just their
ADSL service and not the  voice service (I haven't checked though) it's
still becoming more and more common that as an individual user your
connection to the internet, unless you're paying for something other than
ADSL or Cable, will be just as affected by local power outages.

Brandon Galbraith
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