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This paper will discuss issues important to any manager responsible for maintenance of network power systems. First we will show the ability to identify deteriorating batteries in Outside Plant cabinets using midpoint conductance monitoring technique. Data obtained using a Midpoint Conductance Transducer (MCT-148) was'taken from common 48-volt telecommunications installations with various battery types as examples. Second, we win show it is possible to communicate the observed battery condition through common alarm system for remote status reporting. This strategic information can be used to help prioritize battery maintenance needs and to direct repair activity through the responsible NOC or NMA center.