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Re: MCI WorldCom fiber cut - Syracuse, NY

  • From: Deepak Jain
  • Date: Wed Oct 06 17:25:59 1999

I was under the impression that fiber trunks used to be buried (circa 15 
years ago) with a copper tracer in them. Then there was some good reason 
why they were no longer done that way. Like corrosion or something.

Deepak Jain

On Wed, 6 Oct 1999, Majdi Abbas wrote:

> > 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).
> 	--msa