Re: El Dorado County Communications System Failures During The Blackout
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Yeah, really good point about the usefulness of CodeRed. The power shutdown was for safety, but if a fire is started for whatever reason (e.g. spark from a generator?), the situation could have been worse since the infrastructure for carrying those messages often fails.
My experience. I'm on T-Mobile for cell service, and also have an AT&T land-line (the old POTS system, not DSL) for the home phone, and Wave Broadband for Internet. I'm just down the hill a bit from the intersection of Dry Creek Road and Highway 49 in North Auburn. Power went out just after midnight. AT&T land line stayed up (a change this time from prior events), but both cable internet and cell went down. I don't know how long the cable stayed up, if it did, but cell service went out somewhere between 1 and 3 hours after the outage began. During the day I did get a few SMS messages through, but it was really spotty. There was one place in the house where I could get a bit of Internet on my tablet on Wednesday afternoon.
At one point I got a Placer-Alert phone call on the ATT line from the City of Auburn (we're outside the city limits BTW) with the same content as an SMS from them. Good to see that some communication paths were working.
Power came back on Wednesday afternoon, after being out for 16 hours.
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