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The Backhoe Summit

  • From: Sean Donelan
  • Date: Sat Sep 23 20:39:18 2000

On November 30 I'm moderating a session at the Damage Prevention
Convention ( on "What is being
done to protect the Internet."  What types of questions would
you ask excavators, service providers, and users?

Although we often joke about the backhoe as the leading cause of
fiber cuts, in almost 1/3 of the cable cuts last quarter were due
to inaccurate or incomplete marking by the cable owner.  Are fiber
companies their own worst enemy?

Diversity, is it just an illusion.  How can a user order diversity and
be assured of getting it?

How can we estimate the effect of a cable cut?  With today's mergers,
reselling, and swapping of fiber combined with dense-wave multiplexing
a lot of customer's could have data passing through the same right of

I'd like to have a mix of softball questions and a few more provacative
questions.  If you have any, please send them to me.