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The Great New York Switching System fire of 1975 « Spewing Truth

The Great New York Switching System fire of 1975 August 7, 2012

Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.


This is pretty interesting to watch. The switch of course had 170,000 lines on it. It served the area near the East Village.

But in 1975 a fire started. The below video shows the response of the Bell System.

I’ve read extensively about this and it was a herculean effort to restore service back then in a relatively short time.

Now here’s an interesting bit. There is no more Bell System. Sure, att still exists, but it competes with Verizon, Cox, etc.

So if a fire were to break out in a major central office I doubt it would be put back together so quickly.

Here’s why:

1) Since Bell Labs, Western Electric are gone, and most offices either use Lucent

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