[VoiceOps] DC Earthquake

Scott Berkman scott at sberkman.net
Wed Aug 24 09:33:36 EDT 2011

Aren't there all sorts of controls in the cellular network that preserve
priority for "emergency" communications such as federal agencies, fire and
ambulance, and law enforcement?  I've heard general speculation about this,
but nothing from anyone that actually knows the networks.


Perhaps FEMA or other OEM (Office of Emergency Management, not original
equipment manufacturers) departments have some button they can press that
puts tighter restrictions in place for civilian use of the networks when
disaster strikes, explaining the capacity issues so many people saw.


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On Behalf Of Colin
Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 4:48 PM
To: Oren Yehezkely
Cc: VoiceOps at voiceops.org
Subject: Re: [VoiceOps] DC Earthquake




Just more proof the cell networks can't handle any type of load which is
great since nothing will be done about it.




On Aug 23, 2011, at 4:36 PM, Oren Yehezkely wrote:

It's a saturated network.

FEMA just issued a statement asking the public not to use the cell phones in
the next few hours unless it is an emergency.

On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 2:42 PM, Darren Schreiber <d at d-man.org> wrote:

Automatic holiday ;-)


On 8/23/11 11:24 AM, "Colin" <zavoid at gmail.com> wrote:

>Well I didn't feel the quake here in NJ(although others did).  I can't
>reach anyone on AT&T's wireless network(and i could before i swear!) in
>NJ or D.C.  Anyone else having similar issues?
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