Muni Fiber and Politics

Mikael Abrahamsson swmike at
Wed Jul 23 14:47:55 UTC 2014

On Wed, 23 Jul 2014, Jay Ashworth wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Doug Barton" <dougb at>
>>> I was planning AE, and to deploy 3 pair per drop, except on multiunit
>>> building, where my overbuild ratio would be between 1.6 and 1.2 or
>>> so.
>> Heh, great minds think alike, as I was contemplating the same issue that
>> Keenan raised. My number of pairs was 5 though ... 1 each for TV, Phone,
>> and Internet providers, 1 as a spare in case something breaks, and 1 for
>> the thing that hasn't been invented yet. The thinking being that strands
>> of dark fiber are cheaper then retrenching, etc.
> IIRC, going from 1pr to 3pr raised my build cost about 12ish %, going to
> 6pr would have been another 12%, cause you have term equipment costs to
> think about in addition to the fiber cost, which is delta.
> Conductors are cheap, people are pricey.

Isn't splicing cost a driving factor here? The above percentage points, do 
they include the cost of labor for fusion splicing of the fiber?

Mikael Abrahamsson    email: swmike at

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