Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:41:50 -0700 (PDT) >From: Hancock4 >To: firstname.lastname@example.org. >Subject: Cable phone service disrupted from power outage >Message-ID:
>Our area lost power from Hurricane Irene. Those of us with >traditional landline Verizon phones (and plain wired phones, not >cordless) never lost service. However, our neighbors with cable phone >service (Comcast) lost phone service as soon as the power went out. I >don't know why. >
>My cheapo electronic answering machine has battery backup (2 AA >cells), and that worked fine for 18 hours. My clock radios have a 9V >battery backup but they needed to be reset. (They work okay for brief >power outages). >
>Being without power is not fun, especially at night. I had >flashlights, but I need a lantern type light that shows a broad light >as opposed to the narrow spotlight of a flashlight.
My father had a VOIP phone towards the end of his life. I was concerned that he might not be able to call for assistance if there was a power outage. So I got him a UPS and set it up.
I plugged only the cable modem and his Linksys VOIP router into it. Since I did not plug the PC or any other device(s) into it, it would support those two devices for quite a while during a power outage.
He'd be able to call the electric company or emergency services in the event that power was out.
Before I did it, I spoke with Comcast. They insisted that if the local power went out that their system would remain in operation.
Fortunately, we never had to put it to the test.