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

Fletcher Kittredge fkittred at gwi.net
Mon Nov 10 02:56:08 UTC 2014

The below is a really sad story. Condolences on the coming trainwreck. I
hope you get someone on staff or on consult that understands outside plant
architecture, because it is much more important and complex topic than you
seem to realize.

On Sun, Nov 9, 2014 at 9:18 PM, Lorell Hathcock <lorell at hathcock.org> wrote:

> All:
> 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!
> Sincerely,
> Lorell Hathcock

Fletcher Kittredge
8 Pomerleau Street
Biddeford, ME 04005-9457

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