[LMB] why we still need paper books

Kevin Kennedy kevink45 at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 22 10:40:39 BST 2011

Considering some of the recent stunts pulled by Darwin Award candidates in search of metal to sell at he scrapyard, I wonder how much money AT&T would have gotten, selling off their copper cable?

> I KNEW the costs for putting in buried fiber optic cable per mile, 25 years 
> ago. It was NOT $40,000 a mile.   And the price has dropped majorly since 
> then  (the technique used is a lot less expensive than most people realize, 
> and it goes in very quickly. k. What the commercial company claims it costs, 
> and the actual costs, are NOT the same.... I still remember AT&T's claim 
> decades ago that it would take 20 years and 20 billion dollars to replace 
> their long lines copper with fiber optic, when the US Government asked with 
> it would take... then Sprint and other competition showed up, and AT&T did 
> it in under 5 years, for a LOT less than $20 billion.... Basically, AT&T 
> didn't WANT to replace the copper with fiber optic, AT& only did so because 
> competition showed up with WAS putting in a fiber optic backbone system...


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