RE: FIBER CUT: Dallas to West Coast

If you really need diversity, talk to _one_ carrier that can go everywhere
you need. It's much easier for one proviioning group to make sure that your
circuits don't go through the same fiber, ring, cross-connect, mux, or
office if they have complete visibility to both circuits. Nigh impossible
if you try to get two different carriers to cooperate like that, I would
think.

For better or worse, many times carriers wind up putting fiber right next to
the competition. One tugboat crash, derailment that spills acid, backhoe,
etc can take out all the routes for all the carriers.

--Chris

Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 14:34:03 -0500
From: Chris Boyd <CBoyd@apogeetelecom.com>

If you really need diversity, talk to _one_ carrier that can
go everywhere you need. It's much easier for one proviioning
group to make sure that your circuits don't go through the
same fiber, ring, cross-connect, mux, or office if they have
complete visibility to both circuits. Nigh impossible if you
try to get two different carriers to cooperate like that, I
would think.

This assumes that said carrier can truly provide that redundancy.
Too often, "separate" paths aren't. And, after being told things
like "I can't loop your smart jack, so your CSU/DSU is configured
incorrectly", this basement dual-homer questions the local ILEC's
ability to provision over totally separate loops.

Speaking for myself, basement dual-homers want:

* Physically separate paths
* Politically disparate networks
* Complementary IP routes.

in no particular order.

Perhaps the answer is to request two totally different paths from
a provider, then rinse and repeat with a second upstream?

Eddy