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RE: BOOM! there goes WorldCom
From: Todd Wilkens <TWilkens () gridnet com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 10:27:46 -0400

All the fiber that was Wiltel went with the sale to LDDS.  There was a
portion of Wiltel that was not sold to LDDS and that was Vyvx.  Williams
retained the Wiltel name and I believe Vyvx is now called Wiltel and is
still part of the Williams Companies out of Tulsa.  I believe part of the
sale agreement was that Williams retained one fiber strand out of every
fiber run Wiltel (the original one) had.  So Williams (Wiltel) still has
alot of fiber capacity. 

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From:  Peter Leppik[SMTP:pleppik () mail wessels com]
Sent:  Thursday, July 17, 1997 10:05 AM
To:    'johnl () iecc com'
Cc:    'nanog () merit edu'
Subject:       RE: BOOM! there goes WorldCom

I was relying on an article which crossed my desk a few weeks ago, and
now I can't find it again.  My apologies if my memory failed me; it
wouldn't be the first time.

-----Original Message-----
From: johnl () iecc com [SMTP:johnl () iecc com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 1997 8:43 PM
To:   Peter Leppik
Subject:      Re: BOOM! there goes WorldCom

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).

That is most bizarre.  Williams has been in the fiber business for
ages, their fiber subsidiary was Wiltel which was the 4th or 5th
largest IXC by volume (mostly resold to other carriers) when it was
sold and merged into LDDS/Worldcom in early 1995.  Are you saying that
after they spun off Wiltel, Williams went back into the fiber
stringing business?

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