Verizon PSTN continued

The thread yesterday didn't seem to get into much
detail; I'm wondering if anyone knows more about what
is going on with Verizon? Our PSTN service with XO
seems to be affected again by what XO claims is a
Verizon problem but they wouldn't elaborate on why they
feel that to be the case; I was just amazed to even get
someone on the phone at XO since normally they are
unreachable. I am inclined to partially believe them
since I've found other numbers that I know to be with
other carriers that are not working. XO claimed this
was at least a regional issue of Verizon's that is
affecting multiple carriers.


google news lists this:

10:00 PM PST on Monday, November 6, 2006

The Press-Enterprise

A network error created problems Monday for callers trying to make local calls to Moreno Valley and may have affected other Inland communities, a Verizon spokesman said.

Callers reported getting busy signals repeatedly. The problem resulted from an outage in Indiana that began about noon and affected local or long-distance calls in several states, including California, Florida and Texas, Verizon spokesman Jon Davies said. The company serves dozens of Inland communities, from Montclair to Blythe and Barstow to Temecula.

The problem did not appear to affect Verizon's cell phone service, and Davies said he was not aware of problems with emergency calls.

Verizon technicians were working Monday night, but it was not clear when they might finish, Davies said.

  I hate to suggest this, but you could always try
contacting NCS. ( You could also go to the local (CA)
utilities commission folks and ask them. I'd carefully explain that
you are just trying to get an ETR as it impacts your business.

  - jared
(not sure if it's the CA PUC or someone else, just basing it on my
knowledge of other states).

X/O just called me and let me know that Verizon has dropped an SS7 link
that is causing call completion issues between multiple carriers.

I didn't hear anything about this yesterday, and I work at an office in
the Inland Empire about an hour north of Riverside. Verizon is the ILEC
here too. No problems here; it may have been localized to the San
Bernardino/Riverside area.

The problems stemmed from Verizon having some serious SS7 database problems with their interconnects to other carriers. The big one was Level3 , but XO confirmed they had problems too.

I highly doubt this had anything to do with political dialers, but it was definitely caused by Verizon, and affected multiple CLECs.

Thomas Beecher II
tbeecher at localnet dot com