This may not be the best place to ask this question because all you
old fogies were probably in bed at midnight, :-).... but here
Last night at approx. midnight ( I am not sure of the exact time
I did receive a text at 11:32 Pm ), both my wifes phone and my phone
wouldn't receive or transmit any calls. We both are on Sprint. This
lasted until after 2 am. Then both phones started opertaing
Since we were at a party, I had a couple different people try to call
me. They got to my voicemail, but our phones wouldn't ring. They had
Anybody else stay up late enough to see if this happened to their
Hank <~~~~ thinking Sprint had a problem
firstname.lastname@example.org wrote the following:
I do know a lot of TV stations went off the air when the second tower
collapsed since a lot of their antennas were on the roof.
I was watching CNN when it fell and CNN went off the air, but other
stations whose antennas were not on the tower still were broadcasting..
No, the cell system was on its knees from overload. Happens whenever
there is a big storm or earthquake, too. Sometimes even happens right as
some damnfool sports championship is finishing. Some PDs are moving some
of their comms to cell networks- I hope they keep their real radios,
too. (Not to mention the related issue of radio links between relay
towers being via internet, in some cases, now.)
It'd work a lot better if all the carriers shared the towers and pipes
between them. Without the need for so much duplicative hardware of
non-interoperable standards, they could afford to build in a lot more
capacity/redundancy. US is really behind how the rest of the world does
cell service, methinks.
On 1/2/2011 9:01 PM, email@example.com wrote:
The same way copper landlines worked for 100 years. Competing phone
companies (yeah, there were some even before the Big Breakup), but a
common set of technical standards, and they were all interconnected. All
the carriers could sell their tower infrastructure to a holding company
that would act as a common carrier, and sell capacity to all comers.
Like roaming, but invisible to the end user. Sorta like the fiber and
copper long-haul lines are done now. You book the circuit through one
contracting point, and they rent the capacity wherever needed to get
from point A to point B. For all intents there is one network, even
though several dozen companies own the physical infrastructure. But it
is all COMPATIBLE. Company X won't string fiber along a route that they
know Company Y has excess capacity that they can rent cheaper than
stringing their own.
As to the 'illegal' part- basic utilities are almost always monopolies,
or close to it.
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