Cell phone systems are highly dependent on a “smart” electrical grid increasingly prone to outages. Without the option of landlines, which can continue to operate even if the electrical grid goes dark, people will be left stranded and disconnected. It will take longer to recover from a disaster, lives will be lost, and the economy will likely be impacted.
What are the costs to our emergency response/ medical system as a result of losing the pinpoint accurate location info from landlines and substituting it with the less-than-pinpoint-accurate location information on wireless 911 emergency calls?
Access to reliable emergency services should take priority over AT&T profits.
Following are links to media coverage of the lack of reliability of cell phones in an emergency situation: