I am about to inherit 26 miles of dark fiber. What do I do with it?

Lorell Hathcock lorell at hathcock.org
Mon Nov 10 02:18:15 UTC 2014


A job opportunity just came my way to work with 26 miles of dark fiber in and around a city in Texas. 

The intent is for me to deliver internet and private network services to business customers in this area. 

I relish the thought of starting from scratch to build a network right from the start instead of inheriting and fixing someone else's mess. 

That being said, what suggestions does the group have for building a new network using existing dark fiber?

MPLS backbone?  Like all businesses these days, I will likely have to build the lit backbone as I add customers. So how would you recommend scaling the network?

I have six strands of SMF that connect within municipal facilities. Each new customer will be a new build out from the nearest point. Because of having only six strands, I don't anticipate selling dark fiber. I believe I need to conserve fibers so that it would be lit services that I offer to customers. 

I would like to offer speeds up to 10 GB. 

Thoughts are appreciated!


Lorell Hathcock

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