Fiber cut - response in seconds?

Shane Ronan sronan at
Tue Jun 2 14:50:48 UTC 2009

In my experience they are required not only to mark the line, but to  
identify it with the initials of the owner.

On Jun 2, 2009, at 10:44 AM, JC Dill wrote:

> Elmar K. Bins wrote:
>> jcdill.lists at (JC Dill) wrote:
>>> Why do they "watch" and "monitor" rather than proactively go out  
>>> and say "watch out, there's an unmarked cable here" and keep them  
>>> from cutting the cable in the first place?
>> *snicker*
>> You ever been to a construction site?
> Yes.  We have a number here to call "Before You Dig" and they send  
> people out to mark where underground utilities are.  It would be  
> trivially easy for one more set of jump-suited and hard-hat-wearing  
> people to show up during this phase of the project and mark one more  
> line.  For the most part the construction teams don't know and don't  
> care who is marking the lines or who is responsible for each, they  
> just want the lines marked (location and type of line - gas,  
> electric, telco) so they can avoid cutting them.  In this way the  
> marking team would be "undercover" and the previously unmarked/ 
> unmapped line would be No Big Deal.  When an unmarked line is cut  
> and black SUVs show up (the opposite of "undercover"), the line  
> becomes A Big Deal which is the opposite of what is intended.
> jc

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