Effects of Cold Front on Internet Infrastructure - U.S. Midwest

Tom Beecher beecher at beecher.cc
Fri Feb 1 14:01:57 UTC 2019

“Sold you fiber , not working fiber” is at the same time amazing lawerying
and insanely facepalmy. :)

On Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 11:48 Fletcher Kittredge <fkittred at gwi.net> wrote:

> Cold changes the transmission characteristics of fiber. At one point we
> were renting some old dark fiber from the local telephone company in
> northern Maine. When it would get below -15%-degree F the dB would get bad
> enough that the link using that fiber would stop working. The telephone
> company was selling us dark fiber because regulation required them to. They
> refused to give us another fiber nor inspect/repair. They took the position
> they were required to sell us fiber, not working fiber.
> On Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 11:41 AM Mark Tinka <mark.tinka at seacom.mu> wrote:
>> For anyone running IP networks in the Midwest, are you having to do
>> anything special to keep your networks up?
>> For the data centres, is this cold front a chance to reduce air
>> conditioning costs, or is it actually straining the infrastructure?
>> I'm curious, from a +27-degree C summer's day here in Johannesburg.
>> Mark.
> --
> Fletcher Kittredge
> 207-602-1134
> www.gwi.net
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