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Re: FCC rules for backup power

  • From: Deepak Jain
  • Date: Tue Nov 13 16:41:27 2007

One of the results of the changes is that there will probably be fewer COs in the world of the future. They strictly speaking aren't required as often as they used to be, and more and more infrastructure will be deemed "end-powered" or outside plant anyway.

If everything goes fiber to the premises, we could have huge swaths of land covered by singular or paired monolithic (but hopefully well designed/operated) COs.

The article makes a lot of wild predictions/concerns that are frankly outside of the scope of the ruling. *How* you provide power is your business. The FCC isn't even declaring *what* counts. If your battery plant explodes and you don't get your 8 hours of run-time, its not like they are going to severely penalize you -- the idea is the effort and consideration of on going operation.

While we talk about "restoring" connectivity, etc -- major reconstruction can take a while. 24/8hrs is about life safety. Once power goes out, lots of people need to call for help. Even if the cell sites are up, if where they connect to the POTS infrastructure is dark, no one can call 911.

*THAT* is the way I read this. This is not about business continuity, or saving property -- just making sure E911 and other things keep working while people could be under a tree that fell into their house *during* the storm.