The North Coast has experienced a number of recent communications outages as the result of fiber cuts. We know how difficult it can be to lose voice and data communications, even for a short time. AT&T has been exploring options and we have positive news to share.
We’re upgrading the North Coast network to significantly increase protection against outages or service disruptions caused by fiber damage. AT&T has begun preparing these upgrades, which we estimate will be complete by the end of 2016. Once completed, the majority of the fiber lines will be protected from single points of failure. This improvement will help protect phone and internet services for consumers and businesses from outages.
This means that if fiber is cut, AT&T will be able to switch and reroute through another path, thereby making the network more resilient and reducing the risk of outages in Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.
We remain committed to optimizing the AT&T network in the North Coast with new technologies and increased capacity as they become available.
Many AT&T employees live and work in the North Coast and we look forward to building a stronger, more resilient network in the year ahead. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to email us.
Marc Blakeman is the Vice President of External Affairs for AT&T California