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Re: MCI WorldCom fiber cut - Syracuse, NY

  • From: Charles Sprickman
  • Date: Wed Oct 06 00:05:46 1999

On Tue, 5 Oct 1999, Mike Heller wrote:

> I find it interesting that we don't hear about more accidental gas 
> explosions and water main breaks from backhoes.  Are the blueprints and 
> posted warnings more detailed or is there more fiber than utility pipe in 
> the ground?  

My Dad worked for a Natural Gas Transmission company long ago, and all the
cool pictures I saw of flames shooting out of the ground usually didn't
involve a backhoe.

I say put the cable in the titanium tube another poster spoke of earlier,
and pressurize the tube with something highly flammable/combustible while
you're at it.  Maybe natural gas to power backup generators at each of the
fiber landing points.

People don't like digging where things can go "Boom".

Charles
 
> Michael Heller
> Sr. Systems Engineer
> Earthweb, Inc.
> 212.448.4175
> mikeh@earthweb.com
> 
> On Tue, 5 Oct 1999, Dan Hollis wrote:
> 
> > 
> > On Tue, 5 Oct 1999, Michael Heller wrote:
> > > Has anyone come to the conclusion that there might be a market for
> > > titanium-reinforced innerduct?
> > 
> > Actually I think theres a market for armed guards to patrol fiber routes,
> > with orders to destroy backhoes on sight (of course the operator would be
> > given oh, 10 seconds to vacate the vehicle before its reduced to scrap).
> > 
> > -Dan
> > 
> > 
> > 
> 






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