Two days ago I received an e-mail message from Verizon which said in part:
If you have fiber-based voice service or FiOS® Digital Voice, the Battery Backup Unit (BBU) installed with your service supplies up to eight (8) hours of phone service. Please note that your FiOS® TV and/or Internet service will not be available until your power is restored.
I do not have voice service.
1. Why do I have a battery backup?
2. Why not design the battery backup so that the modem/router can be powered by it? Better yet, so that a power strip can be attached to also power my Home Monitoring gateway and some small computers: smartphone, tablet, laptop.
Note: The only phones that will work with no electric power are those old types that plug directly into a phone jack and do not require electric power themselves.