MCI Downers Grove Outage Aug 10-11

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Hoping to hear some more detail about why the MCI Downers Grove, IL
fire and subsequent outage seemed to result in total loss of service as
far as New York.  It just doesn't add up that Downers Grove, IL would
have such a widespead impact.

Anyone on the inside have any info?  Ex-MCI'ers?  Soon to be Ex?
Anyone?



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That is one of their main hubs I had worked with them at, Had equipment
co-located at that location and other locations.

With teh netowrks today, A voice call can be routed ebtween all kinds of
different locations, usually routing (mostly voice) is based on which
direction has more avialable capacity. A Call from NY can got through IL
then to GA to get to VA for example.


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Can anyone shed some light on the specifcs of teh fire there ?

I had worked there many time and curious as to what happened.

Thanks,

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Sent from MCI 8/11 in the early morning:     Quoted~~~~ Downers Grove
Terminal Facility experienced a total power outage impacting Buildings
A, B, C and D  on  8/10/05.  All customers with service going to DNG
were impacted.  This was caused by a ComEd substation fire in Darien
Il. DNG worked to restore power via the motor generators. Some power
has been restored and service has been restored for many customers as
of this note. ~~~~~end quote

I also heard that the generators at the MCI POP overheated or
"something" and that caused more damage, and of course...the need to
bring in alternate generators until commercial power was restored.



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Wow, With all the batteries they had in the battery rooms and those massive
generators they had last time I was at that facility, I can not imagine a
power grid problem would have caused them to lose power unless like you said
the generators must have had some issues ?

MC

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Their issues had more to do with 1st switching back to commercial
power which turned out to be dirty and then trying to get their backup
generators in sync with each other.  If you can't get your power to
sync up, bad things happen.


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