> network (and even the electric power connection) is so that it will
> still work when the others don't.
> Imagine being completely incommunicado during a computer network > failure.
reserved pair all the way back to the CO.
Even though there is supposed to be standby power all the way, when I
have a power outage at home, the POTS line from Verizon fails within
about 10 seconds (probably at the SLIC across the street), while the
other line, from the cable TV service (not VOIP), keeps working.
Logic tells me it should be vice-versa.