Re: All these people agreeing with Verizon...
>When I was 14, there was a storm. Not a hurricane, Michael Fish
>said so. Either way it was catastrophic. I was at boarding school
>in a rural place surrounded by woodland, most of which was
>lying on the ground.
>That morning, BT was out with chainsaws and stuff, hooking up
>the phone lines. It took nearly a week before we had electricity.
>Yet the phone lines worked by mid morning.
I have throw actual hurricanes. The last two had 100% power loss to my town, with 7 days to reach 50% restoration (and nearly 100% in 10 days)
Vz Wireless was the only service to remain running uninterrupted.
Cable dropped immediately.
Wireless, other than Vz, dropped in 12 to 36 hours.
Most land line coverage ceased about 48 hours.
Wireless and landline service did not largely get restored until 5-6 days into the event barely ahead of commercial power restoration as the companies scrambled to get mobile generators towed in and connected.
We do not have the landline telephone system of the 1980s anymore. If you live more then DSL distance from a Central Office (roughly three miles by however the wire goes) you don't connect to a site with large batteries and big generators. You connect to a Neighborhood Concentrator that takes the copper and transfers it to fiberoptics for the run to the CO and they only have modest battery backups. Likely in urban areas even when you could home run to the central office, they'll use NCs even within the three mile limit of DSL.
That the commercial communications grid is reliant on commercial power out at the towers & concentrators is one reason my state (Connecticut) has slowly been building out its own government fiberoptic system. Communication cables rarely break, so as long as you have generators at the town hall / fire station / school to power the lasers the network stays up...unlike cable, telephone, or wireless phones these days.