Re: Washington–Moscow Direct Communications Link
telescope40 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 6 01:59:34 UTC 2022
Somewhere a Teleco Senior Executive is demanding updates every 8 minutes
from an operations team and wondering what the hell was on that 120 count
fiber in downtown Baltimore
On Sat, Mar 5, 2022 at 7:42 PM Michael Thomas <mike at mtcc.com> wrote:
> On 3/5/22 4:35 PM, Sean Donelan wrote:
> > Since 2008, the Washington-Moscow Direct Communications Link (also
> > known as "The Washington-Moscow Hotline") uses redundant circuits of
> > two satellite links and a fiber-optic cable. They use commercial
> > facilities for at least part of the circuits.
> > Past accidents have interrupted previous hotline circuits. A Danish
> > bulldozer operator once cut the line near Copenhagen. A Finnish farmer
> > once plowed it up. A fire in a Baltimore Maryland manhole took it out
> > of service temporarily. Yep, even the hotline experienced cable cuts.
> "You laughed when I told you that backhoes would be the end of mankind".
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