Muni Fiber and Politics

Owen DeLong owen at
Tue Aug 5 17:26:44 UTC 2014

>> This one is a bad idea cause you have lots of people pushing fiber through
>> pipes with active fiber in them... and their incentives not to screw up
>> other people's glass are... unclear?  :-)
> Not really, if one company starts making mistakes, the other will also
> mistake their cables. It's like a working mexican standoff :)

In reality, Mexican standoffs are often fatal. 

>> Oh, wait: the conduit installer isn't a contractor, they're a monopoly?
> The people pushing fiber through the conduits are contractors. There are a
> handful of companies licensed to operate this.

May be workable, but seems more expensive than operating cross connects in a serving wire center with little or no plausible benefit. 

>> No, that's even worse.
> It's not perfect, but it works.

People say that about windows. I don't use it, either. 


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