TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Katrina Aftermath

Re: Katrina Aftermath

Joseph (
Mon, 12 Sep 2005 09:50:08 -0700

On Sat, 10 Sep 2005 17:41:28 -0500, Stephanie N. Mehta
<> wrote:

> Now, some regulators and consumers are asking a simple question: How
> can we build a better phone network-one that withstands the rigors of
> disasters such as Hurricane Katrina or the attacks of September 11?

Well, to make a network 100% capable of never having any disruptions
would likely mean that a company would have to dedicate a 100%
one-to-one connection for each line that they service. Of course to
do that the companies would have to raise their rates at least 100% if
not more to finance all the extra equipment necessary to accomplish
this. Networks are engineered for not 100% use of every line all at
once. Too many people taking their phones off the hook and talking to
another person will tie up a circuit. That scenario times however
many people have service will of course make a busy condition on
circuits and equipment.

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