Electric Energy outage
Sept'2014: Clay Shirky wonders what can be fixed to provide better support for Internet/Mobile communication. Since the various mobile phone networks and our piece of fiber were still up and running, the communications problems we had after Sandy were entirely about the lack of charging options. This is stupid. In an emergency, communications is more important than almost anything else except water. In the week we had no power after Sandy, we missed our air conditioner but we needed our phones... When the power goes, the loss of things that really need 120 volts -- your refrigerator, your TV -- are a drag, but the loss of things that only need 12 volts is a threat.
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