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

Ong Beng Hui ongbh at ispworkshop.com
Tue Nov 11 07:47:49 UTC 2014


That's pretty much the best honest answer.

If all else fail, sell it or leased it to someone whom can do that.

On 10/11/14 10:35 pm, Rob Seastrom wrote:
> While short and to the point, what Fletcher said is likely to be the
> best advice in this thread.
>
> Getting someone on staff who understands *both* outside plant
> architecture and balance sheets...  and can co-develop a business
> model that involves the lateral build-out from the six POPs around
> town without going broke is the hard part.
>
> "Six POPs, six strands, MPLS backbone vs. selling waves" could be the
> concept for the opening lines to a sad country song where the
> protagonist doesn't realize that the long pole in the tent is the
> making the edge work (someone please run with this and get a musical
> lightning talk at San Antonio!)
>
> -r
>
> Faisal Imtiaz <faisal at snappytelecom.net> writes:
>
>> WoW !.. that was a rather cruel and un-called for !
>>
>> How does that saying go.....Don't say anything, if you cannot say anything nice !
>>
>>
>>
>> Faisal Imtiaz
>> Snappy Internet & Telecom
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Fletcher Kittredge" <fkittred at gwi.net>
>>> To: "Lorell Hathcock" <lorell at hathcock.org>
>>> Cc: nanog at nanog.org
>>> Sent: Sunday, November 9, 2014 9:56:08 PM
>>> Subject: Re: I am about to inherit 26 miles of dark fiber. What do I do with it?
>>>
>>> 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
>>> GWI
>>> 8 Pomerleau Street
>>> Biddeford, ME 04005-9457
>>> 207-602-1134
>>>



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