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Why Cell Phones Went Dead After Hurricane Sandy
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 02:48 PM EST
It's called a satellite phone & if you as an individual think it is
essential to your survival, it is your responsibility to get it for yourself at
your expense. Should your landlords be required to keep emergency supplies for
his tenants. The answer to every problem is not laws and regulations.

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Why Cell Phones Went Dead After Hurricane Sandy
Authored by: albert on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 04:02 PM EST
Cell towers get their power from the grid. If you lose the grid, you lose your
phone. POTS, land line based service, is battery backed, in the central office,
but the connections between COs need to work. There are a whole lot of things
that can go wrong. If carriers are required to have UPS in every cell tower,
they will charge _us_ for it. In fact, _we_ will pay for _any_ cell phone
emergency system. Another problem is service prioritization. In emergencies,
_everyone_ wants to use the phone. Cell phones have limits, too. Bottom line:
don't count on cell phones in a situation like Sandy.

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If Life is a "Constatutional Right" then everyone gets free food and water!
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 17 2012 @ 07:37 PM EST
After all, don't you need food and water to live?

So don't you have the right to go into any food supply place and take food if
you are hungry enough?

That's not the way the USA works.

We have safety nets (both private and public) to catch people who are in really
bad shape, but that doesn't mean that people have a "right" to food
and water that trumps anyone else's rights to what they have purchased.


We even have a safety net for telecom services, it's known as 'lifeline' phone
service and is very cheap (<$20/month).

But cell phones, by their very nature are not going to be as reliable as
landline phones, they take significantly more power to run, and the power must
be distributed in many places. Cell towers are more likely to be damaged than
underground phone lines (above ground phone lines are a problem)

Short Version:

If you want to be as sure as you can be that you will have phone service in a
disaster, maintain a landline.


Claiming that you have a "Constitutional Right" to Cell Phone service
is the silliest thing I have heard yet.

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Why Cell Phones Went Dead After Hurricane Sandy
Authored by: Jim Olsen on Monday, November 19 2012 @ 08:05 AM EST

If the corporation is in a competitive market, the only way to add value for executives and shareholders is by adding value for customers. If you run a business with 3 similar, competing businesses nearby, even though your goal is to add value for yourself you had better focus on adding value for your customers or you will end up with nothing.

While cellphone competition is limited by spectrum scarcity, cellphone operators still have to add value for customers or they will lose them to competitors.

---
Jim ---

Success in crime always invites to worse deeds. - Lord Coke

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