[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
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