I read the recent statements about the power grid and have to tell you the telephone network in in a similar condition. The reasons are the same as power guy’s statements.
I was a tech for the phone company for 26+ years, much of it as a lineman but also in repair and splicing. Fiber optic cables are great but the electronics at each end require [grid] power to run the equipment.
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The point is that things are a mess.
You are doing a great job [with SurvivalBlog] to get people to take care of themselves. – Dave