[oclug] Disintermediate the telephone company
sphex at sympatico.ca
Mon Jun 14 12:49:47 EDT 2004
Rod Giffin wrote:
> chris h said:
>>Wrt to transition to cellular as the primary services, there remains one
>>issue that providers cannot address. Bell Canada when it was funded by
>>the GoC was required to provide a system that is independent of local
>>power supply. So if the lights went out the phone line as an emergency
>>system always remained active as Bell was legislated to power the
>>system. This vital capacity remains in place. Cell providers cannot
>>offer this service and hence the nature of disruption in many many
>>situations. Just something to consider in any design spec..:)
> You know, there's no reason for that.
It is cheaper not to provide independent power.
That is, more profitable.
> Cell providers, and Internet
> providers for that matter, have simply chosen not to power their
> respective systems indepenedantly.
A business decision.
> It makes for some very poor reliability, but to be totally honest I almost
> like it that way. It makes it possible to escape some of the trappings of
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