- Mar 30, 2004
During something as simple as a power outage local POTS line still works. Anybody with phone service from their cable provider is out of luck. We've seen cell towers jammed during emergencies and massive numbers of dropped calls. You can pretend that new technology is more robust, but that simply isn't true. It may have different weaknesses, but it still has weaknesses.
During short term local power losses, phone over cable is fine - they have battery backup.
During a major outage, you're boned anyway; Your POTS phone is connected to a sophisticated network which is only pretending to be an old, simple one.
As usual, ignorance of history is bliss; one-price postage was the magic bullet that allowed affordable and profitable/sustainable mail delivery.
The issue is it is now a shrinking market, and is unlikely to ever recover to pre-internet levels. It is equally unlikely to disappear in the forseeable future. So reduce service, raise prices, and move on.