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  •  Some cell towers have auto-failover generators (3+ / 0-)
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    jessical, gatorcog, Brown Thrasher

    I know, 'cuz we bought a used one. :-)

    It's propane fired, and designed to be literally bullet-proof, fire-proof and almost maintenance free. They use them in really remote locations, so they don't have to send crews in by helicopter unless things are really, really broken.

    •  how long does the propane supply last? (0+ / 0-)

      If three days or more, it's probably fairly safe to back up the phone service.  Much less than that and it can go down.  

      In urban areas though, usually we're taking batteries, with backup measured in hours rather than days.

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 05:49:42 PM PDT

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