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RE: BOOM! there goes WorldCom
From: Peter Leppik <pleppik () mail wessels com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 1997 18:35:15 -0500

At the end of 1995, according the the FCC, the major interexchange
carriers had the following amounts of fiber deployed:

Carrier        Route Miles        Fiber Miles
AT&T             46,083            1,417,600
MCI              23,160              567,400
Sprint           22,996              467,200
WorldCom         11,127              266,200
Other             4,223               58,900

I believe new statistics for 1996 have just been released, but I don't
have those numbers handy at the moment.  Try www.fcc.gov, and look for a
report called "Fiber Deployment Update" or somesuch.

Qwest is a relative newcomer (just went public) which has been building
out their own fiber network with the intent of reselling it to other
carriers.  Qwest also bought a boatload of fiber from Williams Pipeline
Co. some time ago, and signed a contract with Williams which locked
Williams out of the business of deploying new fiber until early 1998
(Williams runs fiber through unused oil and gas pipelines, having
discovered that fiber optics is more of a growth industry than
schlepping around fermented dinosaurs).


-----Original Message-----
From:  Charles Sprickman [SMTP:spork () inch com]
Sent:  Wednesday, July 16, 1997 6:19 PM
To:    Scott Landman
Cc:    nathan () netrail net; bnite () tremere ios com; mpearson () games-online com;
nanog () merit edu
Subject:       Re: BOOM! there goes WorldCom

On Wed, 16 Jul 1997, Scott Landman wrote:

If fibers being cut is the culprit here, does going with a supplier like
Qwest make sense because their fibers are running down railroad right of

I was under the impression that there was one fiber giant that actually
owns its own fiber, and that its name is AT&T...  Who is Qwest???  

Anyone have any stats on how much MCI, Sprint, WCom actually own?


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