FCC Hurricane Michael after-action report
sean at donelan.com
Wed May 15 19:48:17 UTC 2019
On Mon, 13 May 2019, frnkblk at iname.com wrote:
> One of my takeaways from that article was that burying fiber underground
> could likely have avoided many/most of these fiber cuts, though I’m not
> familiar enough with the terrain to know how feasible that is.
Nature is more powerful than humans.
In Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, the hurricanes severely damaged
essentially every type of infrastructure. Buried cables, aerial cables,
microwave towers, cellular towers, satellite dishes, solar panels, primary
and backup power stations, access roads, accesss airports, access
seaports, broadcast radio/tv, cable TV systems, etc. etc. etc.
All the island backbone ring buried cable systems in PR experienced
multiple cuts due to mudslides, bridge failures, and other restoration
Immediately after the hurricanes, essentially every infrastructure
damage assessment was 75% or worse, with most communications
outside plant infrastructure 95% to 100% damaged.
When there is only light to moderate damage, independent repair efforts
are faster because you avoid lots coodination meetings. But with the
major damage in PR and USVI, the lack of coodination caused conflicting
repair efforts and re-work for the first several months. It wasn't patch
and move on, it was rebuild from scratch.
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