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RE: FIBER CUT: Dallas to West Coast

  • From: Chris Boyd
  • Date: Thu Aug 30 15:34:35 2001

If you really need diversity, talk to _one_ carrier that can go everywhere
you need.  It's much easier for one proviioning group to make sure that your
circuits don't go through the same fiber, ring, cross-connect, mux, or
office if they have complete visibility to both circuits.  Nigh impossible
if you try to get two different carriers to cooperate like that, I would

For better or worse, many times carriers wind up putting fiber right next to
the competition.  One tugboat crash, derailment that spills acid, backhoe,
etc can take out all the routes for all the carriers.


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Greg Pendergrass [SMTP:[email protected]]
> Sent:	Thursday, August 30, 2001 2:14 PM
> To:	Brian; [email protected]
> Subject:	RE: FIBER CUT: Dallas to West Coast
> You always have to specify to the carrier that you want diversity. For
> longhaul, sometimes even big name providers will subcontract to another
> provider. For instance, you may get 1 OC-3 from MCI and another from
> Sprint,
> but both might be going through the same Qwest OC-192 from Denver to San
> Jose. I've seen it happen and it's always ugly for the buyer when someone
> backhoes it. You have to specify and sometimes pay more to be certain of
> your diversity.
> Greg