Fiber cut - response in seconds?

Martin Hannigan martin at
Tue Jun 2 15:12:31 UTC 2009

They usually hand out tin foil hats to the dig crew. A clear give away
and easy to spot too.

On 6/2/09, JC Dill <jcdill.lists at> 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

Martin Hannigan                               martin at
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