County Communications Upgrade

Russ Steele

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.

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One Response to County Communications Upgrade

  1. gjrebane says:

    I recall that conversation Russ, and am also heartened at the fast response from our county. We look forward to the implementation. Thanks for the follow-up.

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