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Re: Phone networks struggle in Hurricane Katrina's wake
- From: Michael Greb
- Date: Wed Aug 31 00:20:49 2005
On Tue, Aug 30, 2005 at 09:12:51PM -0400, Richard A Steenbergen wrote:
> > >>"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.
I couldn't agree with you more, I've been concidering unsubscribing from
the day I subscribed. The reaction to your post was even worse then the
messages themselves. Perhaps it is time to leave.
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