[LMB] why we still need paper books

Jeff Shultz jeffshultz at gmail.com
Thu Sep 22 14:38:49 BST 2011


On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 10:39 PM, Paula Lieberman <paal at gis.net> wrote:

> 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...
>

I'm not so sure it's the cost of the cable as much as it's all the
permitting process and the cost of actually putting the stuff in the ground,
in conduit - especially if boring is involved. Compared to that, ditching is
relatively cheap.

-- 
Jeff Shultz
http://www.shultzinfosystems.com
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