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04-09-2009, 4:57 PM
Communications crippled in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties.

Sentinel staff report
Updated: 4:14 p.m.

The vandalism of a number of fiber optic cables south of San Jose early Thursday crippled communications in the four county region, worrying emergency responders and halting business transactions.

NETCOM, the dispatch center for local fire and police agencies, is able to receive 911 calls placed from hard lines, but cannot receive calls placed from cell phones, senior dispatcher Stephanie Zube said.

Since 2:30 a.m., Zube said the center has received too many calls to count from people asking about the nature of the outage. Zube said those calls have tied up the lines at the center for hours.

Emergency crews have not been delayed in responding to emergencies as a result of the outage, Zube said. But she said there is a possibility that people reporting crimes or other serious incidents may not able to reach authorities through the phone.

"Anyone who has a reason to reach public safety and can't get through should try to get to your local police or fire department," Zube said.

The Sheriff's Office sent a deputy to KSCO on Thursday morning to advise listeners to go to sheriff's service centers or fire stations if they need help. The service centers, normally staffed by volunteers, all have deputies assigned to them today.

Sgt. Stefan Fish, who supervises the Live Oak Service Center on 17th Avenue said a convalescent home employee walked in Thursday morning to get help because a 63-year-old resident has suffered a seizure and the rest home's phone wasn't working.

"Other than that, we've just had general walk ins, people asking how to get their money out of the bank and things like that," Fish said.

In Watsonvillle, Police Chief Terry Medina said he deployed patrol cars throughout the city so people who couldn't reach 911 could flag down officers. He also said unlike staff inside the department headquarters, officers out on the street could access the Internet because computers in patrol cars rely on radio rather than cell connections.

The California Highway Patrol put two additional patrol officers on the roads and instructed officers to sweep remote parts of the county, like the North Coast, Lt. Scott Wood said.

He said the impact of the outage "on our end, is not too much. It just puts us back into the 90s where nobody had cell phones . We're really just back to the old squad car with the radio."

However, the outage does render the emergency call boxes on highways useless and slow the response of tow trucks to crashes, Wood said. Residents and businesses across the county were squeezed by Thursday's lapse in communication.

04-09-2009, 5:02 PM

04-09-2009, 5:23 PM
...and all that electricity is being used to summon the zombies digging out of the ground and attacking!!!

04-09-2009, 6:06 PM
Another reason to use my ham radio for communication. ;)

04-09-2009, 6:26 PM
AT&T made the comment they are in Union contract negotiations with CWA. I would like to point out CWA does not condone vandalism or violence. Also it was not an AT&T owned and operated line that got cut. It was AT&T owned but Verizon Operated and leased fiber line that got cut. It would serve no AT&T employee / CWA union member any purpose to cut the line used by the competition.

04-09-2009, 8:33 PM
Another reason to use my ham radio for communication. ;)
That puts you in the same boat as the law enforcement agencies. The question is whether the repeater autopatch can still call 9-1-1 with the phone system dead in four counties!

The last ham (who operated out of band) was rewarded by the San Diego county sheriff for reporting an emergeny on a police tac frequency. Then he was harassed by stupid FCC beauracrats, who go by the book of technicalities and ignore common sense. I read all about his problems in POPULAR COMMUNICATIONS magazine about ten years ago.

Meanwhile these federal Gestapo idiots can't even shut down marine radio dealers, who sell modified VHF ham gear, to potty mouthed commercial fishermen. Fifty-five marine channels aren't enough. Everybody wants his own private business channel, a linear amplifier and even a scrambler. I've heard these morons on local police channels, CAL-CORD and even one of those FBI simplex frequencies just above the NOAA weather forecasts...

04-09-2009, 9:18 PM
Sure it's a good reason to have a gun, but it's an even better reason to get an amateur radio operator's license.

04-09-2009, 9:19 PM
Sure it's a good reason to have a gun, but it's an even better reason to get an amateur radio operator's license.

Unless you want to fall back on RFC 1149 for Internet communications... :TFH:

04-10-2009, 7:15 AM
Unless you want to fall back on RFC 1149 for Internet communications... :TFH:

If the lag doesn't kill you the cost of grain will.

Script started on Sat Apr 28 11: 24: 09 2001
vegard@gyversalen:~$ /sbin/ifconfig tun0
tun0 Link encap:Point-to-Point Protocol
inet addr: P-t-P: Mask:
RX packets:1 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:2 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:88 (88.0 b) TX bytes:168 (168.0 b)

vegard@gyversalen:~$ ping -i 900
PING ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=255 time=6165731.1 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=255 time=3211900.8 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=255 time=5124922.8 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=255 time=6388671.9 ms

--- ping statistics ---
9 packets transmitted, 4 packets received, 55% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max = 3211900.8/5222806.6/6388671.9 ms
vegard@gyversalen:~$ exit

Script done on Sat Apr 28 14 :14 :28 2001

04-10-2009, 8:09 AM
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...

Other avian data transfer methods
Rafting photographers already use pigeons as a sneakernet to transport digital photos on flash media from the camera to the tour operator. Over a 30 mile distance a single pigeon may be able to carry tens of gigabytes of