IXC Fiber cut Michigan

Howard C. Berkowitz hcb at clark.net
Sun May 16 03:10:50 UTC 1999

>hcb at clark.NET (Howard C. Berkowitz) writes:
>>Is this another argument for SONET rings and against tree structuring?
>It is an argument for diversity.  SONET rings offer diversity against
>certain failure modes, but they too have other types of interesting
>failures.  SONET failures tend to be more complex, and so far seem to
>take much, much longer to fix than a simple fiber cut.
>SONET rings have several good points.  What is not good is thinking the
>buzzword "SONET" as uttered by salespeople (and some engineers) means more
>than it actually is.  Automatic Protection Switches exist in the copper
>world too.  Phone companies have been selling APS systems for decades, they
>still have trouble actually delivering on those promises.
>Sean Donelan, Data Research Associates, Inc, St. Louis, MO
>  Affiliation given for identification not representation

Apparently, the intended humor was too obscure...I was simply referring to
the digging contractor, who was doing it to install trees -- of the wooden
sort.  No, that isn't a reference to Mr. Gore, the inventor of the Internet.

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