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Railroad right of way - was Re: BOOM! there goes WorldCom
From: "Rusty H. Hodge" <rusty () hodge com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 1997 19:06:38 -0700

At 3:04 PM -0700 7/16/97, 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
ways and, therefore, should be less succeptible to a backhoe digging where
it shouldn't be?

Ha! There are at least 3 major fiber runs paralleling the old SP (now
CalTrain) train tracks from SF to SJ. These tracks run under 280 on the
south side of the city, and 280 is being retrofitted. There is lots and
LOTS of deep digging going on, in fact I saw a pile of those "don't dig
here" orange posts in a scrap pile next to the construction when I was
waling around there last week.

I remember signs for AT&T, Wiltel and Sprint on the same post, and I think
MCI but I'm not positive. One minor backhoe missup and there is a serious
outage in the city here.

Rusty Hodge <rusty () hodge com>, San Francisco

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