PS, Mr. Metcalfe. Reports for the old reliable telephone system show
over the course of a year, a daily average of 30,000 US telephone customers
are out of service for five hours.
The ATIS network reliability council steering committee report "Keeping
the Network Alive And Well: Solving the problem of cable dig-ups."
>Facility outages continue to be the leading contributor to outages in the
>Public Switched Network. Approximately 50% of FCC-reportable service outages
>and their impact have been caused by facility outages. Roughly 33 million
>customers over the past three years or 30,000 customers a day have lost
>access to the Public Switched network for an average of 5 hours because of
>these problems. The ATIS NRSC Facilities Solution Team was chartered to
>determine the causes of these facility outages and to recommend ways to
>reduce their number and impact.
A copy of the Facilities Solution Team report entitled "Keeping the Network
Alive and Well: Solving the Problem of Cable Dig-Ups" can be obtained by
contacting ATIS on (202) 628-6380.