Letter To The Editor: Sunday’s Communication Blackout…

By WILLIAM MEAD
Los Alamos

Residents of Los Alamos County had a wake-up call Sunday. We’ve learned that all our communication modes depend on a single fiber-optic link. Even local phone calls were impossible, and access to emergency services was greatly limited.

I suspect the community alert system was down as well.

Without a local radio station, we were completely uninformed about the extent or likely duration of the black-out.

The County should improve communication services in two ways:

  • Individual and mass communications within the county should be independent of trunk services; and
  • Redundant trunk services are necessary.
LOS ALAMOS

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