[PLUG-TALK] Screen phone "911 unavailable" warnings

Russell Johnson russ at dimstar.net
Sat Dec 29 08:14:31 PST 2018


On 12/29/18, 7:50 AM, "Rich Shepard" <plug-talk-bounces at pdxlinux.org on behalf of rshepard at appl-ecosys.com> wrote:

    On Sat, 29 Dec 2018, Russell Johnson wrote:
    
    > From what I hear, a lot of AT&T and Verizon customers received the message
    > as well because CenturyLink runs a major part of the backhaul those
    > carriers use.
    
>       My Verizon wireless phone in mid-Multnomah County was not affected.
  
I would posit "that you know of". 
  
    > Yes, AT&T and Verizon outsource their backbones.
    
>       This makes good sense, economically and environmentally. Why not share
>    cable rather than laying multiple cables on the same route. If cellular
>    antennae were shared among providers we'd have less clutter of cell towers
>    and decorated water tanks.

And many more points of failure. If your loved one has a heart attack and you go to call 911 and it fails, how long does it take you to find the number you need?

911 is not a service that should be able to go down. We know how to build redundant systems. More business caused deaths because business is more important to our country than it's own citizens. 

There should not be a single point of failure for a service such as this. 

-Russ


    
    Rich
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