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12/5/2012 | 3:49:58 PM
re: AT&T Begins Massive Battery Replacement
Another example of SBC being penny wise and pound foolish. This is the same company that takes the attitude that it's cheaper to pay million dollar fines than hire enough field techs to keep customer complaints at a reasonable level..
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12/5/2012 | 3:49:58 PM
re: AT&T Begins Massive Battery Replacement

What he is referring to (and this occurs at all the RBOCs and can occur at any ILEC) is fines based on percentage of outage time. There are requirements for uptimes and if they are not met, then the RBOC gets a fine. The same is true with held orders. If enough services are ordered but not delivered over a period of time, RBOCs and other ILECs can be fined.

This is nothing new and has been going on for years. He is implying that by hiring more people that AT&T could lower their fines (or eliminate them). That may or may not be true, but it is the implication.

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12/5/2012 | 3:49:58 PM
re: AT&T Begins Massive Battery Replacement
What do you mean?
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12/5/2012 | 3:49:57 PM
re: AT&T Begins Massive Battery Replacement
A clarification: The batteries in question supply backup power, not main power. Just so everyone understands what we're talking about here.

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12/5/2012 | 3:49:56 PM
re: AT&T Begins Massive Battery Replacement

Phil, are you forced to share your news with other CMP sites?

http://www.eetimes.com/news/la...
DCITDave
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12/5/2012 | 3:49:55 PM
re: AT&T Begins Massive Battery Replacement
no, i sent it to them as a courtesy. no need to have many writers covering the same thing.

unless it's apple, apparently.

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12/5/2012 | 3:49:54 PM
re: AT&T Begins Massive Battery Replacement
Can anyone comment on what level of fine could it be, if the battery supplier did not go bankrupcy ? This could provide a hint on whether the risk was priced in correctly for anyone to do business with AT&T while the industry continues cost cutting and outsourcing
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12/5/2012 | 3:49:53 PM
re: AT&T Begins Massive Battery Replacement
I lived in that neighborhood in Copperfield north of Houston. Back in 2000, SW Bell (Now AT&T) was using directional drilling to install fiber-optic lines for their then-new DSL service. Seems the contractor drilled through a natural gas line and then through a sewer line.

Unfortunately, they realized their mistake and pulled the bit out. The result was natural gas backing up into the sewer line causing the explosion of one house and severely damaging the the houses on either side. Between the broken glass and the fire, it was quite a mess!
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12/5/2012 | 3:49:52 PM
re: AT&T Begins Massive Battery Replacement
Maybe they didn't renew their maintenance contract as they thought they could do it themselves and didn't maintain them properly.
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12/5/2012 | 3:49:52 PM
re: AT&T Begins Massive Battery Replacement
Is that what caused that??? I remember that too, it isn't too far away from our house. I think the A/C turning on is what ignited the natural gas if memory serves me correctly.
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