New York Lays Cable With Surgical Precision
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User Rank: Apprentice
4/22/2013 | 1:51:13 AM
re: New York Lays Cable With Surgical Precision
This sound like a great solution, but is it a long-term solution? How deep are the trenches that are being referred to? Anyone that has spent a year in New York will tell you that the weather goes form extreme to extreme, are these cables going to stand the test of time. I am curious to see how the pilot goes and will be in shock if the government agencies donG«÷t support this move. Smart on behalf of Verizon by providing those agencies with free service which I am sure wont hurt their outcome.

Paul Sprague
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4/6/2013 | 1:45:28 PM
re: New York Lays Cable With Surgical Precision
Do I assume right you are talking about New York City? You need to be more specific as "New York" means the state. And aside from NYC and maybe a few other downtown areas fiber optic cable is nailed to poles across New York. That means the lines are exposed to wind and weather, falling branches, and the garbage trucks backing into the poles. Yes, microtrenches are the way to go, but for most of the fiber network the same installation is used as for the telegraph lines 100 years ago with all its disadvantages. The only benefit of that approach is that it is dirt cheap.
John Foley
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4/4/2013 | 10:02:04 PM
re: New York Lays Cable With Surgical Precision
Wait a minute. You mean to tell me that for all of these years, cable companies didn't really need all of the backhoes, jack hammers, flag men, orange cones, road pavers, and steam rollers? That a fine instrument and careful touch can do the same job faster, more cheaply, and without the risk to water mains and gas lines? Forget the pilot program; this should be standard practice.

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