03/02/2012 1 Comment
You may remember a few weeks ago when the County Emergency Services went down when a single communication line was severed on SR-49. It was a real wake up call on how thin our communications infrastructure is in the County. This impacted our safety when 911 and cells service when down and lack or redundant communications has been an impediment to businesses locating here. I had a long discussion with Supervisor Ed Scofield about the issue, and made some recommendations. In the CEO’s Friday Memo we learn that something is being done to fix the problem. Well done Supervisors and Staff!
AT&T Communications Infrastructure Update
Information and General Services (IGS) staff from Technical Operations and Emergency Services divisions held a meeting Thursday with a wide range of AT&T personnel. We were very pleased to learn that AT&T has an approved construction plan to bring a new redundant fiber-optic communication line into our community. When completed, if another cut main line event took place such as the recent outage, AT&T services would shift to this new redundant fiber route and remain functional with continued communications services in our community. AT&T hopes to have this new alternate fiber-optic route construction project completed by late summer. IGS staff will continue to work closely with AT&T, Sheriff Dispatch, and the other local dispatch operations to insure that interoperability and redundancy capabilities are fully implemented.