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Re: Is Your Telephone AC Power Dependent?

Steven Lichter (
Mon, 22 Jan 2007 18:26:44 -0800

Steven Stone wrote:

> In article <>,
> says:

>> Pat,

>> I don't mean to be insulting with this question so if it is
>> too obvious please forgive me. Is at least one telephone line
>> into your home exchange powered copper twisted pair? Do you

> Doesn't the cell tower connect to the rest of the world via copper or
> fiber feed ? How many of those towers have backup power ? The
> majority of tower sites in my rural area have 4 hours of battery
> backup without an on site generator. After 4 hours you are SOL.

> That's why our local ham radio repeater is located at one of the few
> cell tower sites with a standby generator. We also have 48 hours of
> battery backup.

> Steve

The cell sites I have worked on have battery backup for about 12
hours, plus a few have generators. Verizon has portable generators
they can move in should power continue to be out, plus they have COW's
to put more service if needed.

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