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Re: Phone networks struggle in Hurricane Katrina's wake
- From: Richard A Steenbergen
- Date: Tue Aug 30 21:14:30 2005
> >>"In this age of cheap commoditized consumer electronics and
> >>advanced mobile technology, why can't all the people of a city make
> >>contact during an emergency?
> >Simple: it's too expensive.
> >Keep this in mind when trading in your POTS service for VoIP service
> >over the internet. Discounting the local loop which is often the
> >same in both cases, POTS is extremely reliable while VoIP over the
> >public internet, well, isn't. But apparently people that switch to
> >VoIP don't mind the reduced likelihood of being able to make calls
> >during the next large scale emergency.
> Yes! I agree 100%. The key words in that above statement were
> "cheap commoditized." The reason satellite phones work in big
> disaster areas (other than the fact that the entire infrastructure
> in the affected area is comprised of a solar powered satellite and a
> subscriber's hand set with a remote base station(s) somewhere else in
> the world) is simple; not everyone and their cousin has one to use.
Did I miss the memo announcing the Slashdot commentary section had been
extended to the NANOG mailing list? It is one thing to expand on a story
with useful insights, but this entire thread is just restating the obvious
for the sake of hearing your own voice (or the digital equivalent
thereof). If I wanted to read the uninformed reactions of random people to
random news stories wondering why cell phone circuits fill up during
natural disasters I would go to slashdot and click "Read More...". This
stuff doesn't even come close to being NANOG worthy, let alone on-topic or
Note: nothing personal to those being quoted.
Richard A Steenbergen <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.e-gerbil.net/ras
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