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Re: MCI WorldCom fiber cut - Syracuse, NY

  • From: Nathan Stratton
  • Date: Tue Oct 05 21:37:02 1999

On Tue, 5 Oct 1999, Derek J. Balling wrote:

> I think this is just a factor of human beings. People are more cautious 
> about hitting gas or electric (hitting a gas or underground electric line 
> will ruin your day for the rest of your rapidly-shortening life). If you 
> hit a telephone line with your backhoe... oh, what, you mean there's people 
> affected by that all over the country?

Yep, that is why you don't see cut's along the old wiltel (now Worldcom)
network. If you see a sign saying "High pressure natural gas" you do not
dig, if you see a sign saying "Fiber cable" you dig carefully. 

I must admit, I have done some backhoe work and I dig carefully next to
fiber, but don't get near utilities. :-(

Nathan Stratton				Tricetel Consulting			[email protected]	 		[email protected]