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Re: MCI WorldCom fiber cut - Syracuse, NY

  • From: Majdi Abbas
  • Date: Wed Oct 06 15:25:35 1999

> In addition to which, fiber doesn't emit a nice electrical signature that
> can be detected easily, making it hard to avoid.  Plastic, glass,
> fiberglass, kevlar and the other elements of most fiber runs lay invisible
> to many detection devices that rely upon metals content or electrical
> impulse emission (crosstalk, noise, EMF...) for detection purposes.
> Now, some have written that we should encase these things with various
> high-strength metals.  I'm not willing, as an end consumer, to bear the
> increased overall costs being passed to me, because $VBC laid 10,000 miles
> (16 000 km) of protectively-encased fiber.  Costs would be staggering. In

	You wouldn't need to encase it.  Bury a little bit of copper with it,
and blast RF out of it (think of it is a locater service).