Steven J. Sobol wrote:
> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Steven Lichter wrote:
>> Cox and Time-Warner got into telephones years before the others, so it
>> would not surprise me that they would build backup systems. I had a
>> friend of mine that went to work for Time-Warner in south Riverside
>> county; he was telephone company trained.
> But Verizon and its predecessors were in the phone business long
> before Cox or Time Warner, and they make you buy your own battery
> backup ...
> I think it's not a "we have more of a clue because we've been
> providing phone service longer" thing, it's a "we'll differentiate
> ourselves by spending some extra money so we can better service the
> customer" thing.
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I'm well aware of Verizon being in business long before and how the
system operates; I spend 30 years with GTE until I retired, in COE and
built many of the systems from the Step to 5ESS. A Cox CO that is in
operation is a NT system and has battery backup for their systems, not
having been in the office in some years, I'm not sure it it supplies
battery to its customers over the coax, maybe now fiber, but I would
guess that the modem in the customers home would go down; that is a
major problem, that regular phone customers may not have; but how many
people that you know have just regular phones? I have wireless phone
that runs on AC, they have battery backup, but that is for memory, so
phone company customers may have dial tone, but still can't use their
phone or even DSL. I have AT&T (SBC/PacTel) for my service and have not
had problems, but then I have a full backup system, plus we have solar
electric panels on our house which supply our power needs and most of
the year send power back into the grid. As with the cable companies,
Verizon is deploying Fiber Optic cable and I think they will have many
of the same problems as cable companies have.
You said that your cable company was Charter Communications, we have
them here in Riverside, I would guess that they are better then the
first few we had over the years, but I still stick with the LEC,
mainly because I get a retirement concession from Verizon for my phone
service and if I had cable service I would not get it.
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