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Subject: [RFI] BPL alternatives
From: n4zr at contesting.com (Pete Smith)
Date: Fri Aug 15 15:39:47 2003
At 03:00 PM 8/15/03 -0400, WA2BPE wrote:

>And cell phones - ah, yes - was once again amazed at hearing an ABC (or was it
>CBS?) reporter in NYC last nite express ignorance as to why the cell 
>systems were
>down.  Even here, where the power outage was spotty (I got lucky - 
>literally lost
>it completely for less than 5 min. + 30 min. or so of wild fluctuations), 
>some cell
>systems were down for hours.

Interesting -- on ABC this morning it was stated as given that the cellular 
telephone system is sized to support 20 percent of the subscribers in a 
given cell actually using the system at a given moment; the report said 
that last night downtown NY cells were at closer to 80 percent of 
subscribers attempting calls simultaneously.

I just don't see an economic argument for BPL -- the same people who now 
can't get DSL, or cable internet, and who don't chose to go satellite, make 
up the hardest-to-serve, most-scattered constituency you can imagine.  How 
the power companies can think that points to a 50 percent market 
penetration, ever, is beyond me.

73, Pete N4ZR
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