Re: Katrina Aftermath

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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