You’re on a Phone to Nowhere

The District’s bureaucratic arm has somewhere on the order of 20,000 phone lines, whose voicemail used to be handled by Verizon. However, if you called any of them over the past few days, you might have heard this:

“Please leave a voice mail message for six million, seven hundred ten thousand, five hundred fifty megats.”

It’s part of the switch from copper wire to fibre that the city is doing to meet post-9/11 robustness requirements, but it’s also going to save the city some $10k a year in costs. Not so shabby, if you ask me. Well worth a day or so of downtime.

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