Sabotage investigation of fiber cuts... [collapsed RBOC rings]

Are you sure? On or about August 5th, 2003 in Augusta, ME, while cross
examining a Verizon employee expert witness in testimony for Maine PUC
Docket 2002-243, I got him to say muliple times under oath that 90% of
Verizon's fiber rings in the state of Maine are at least partially
collapsed, what you call a folded ring... That is, only 10% of
Verizon's fiber rings are fully redundant.[1]

I don't have any proof of this but suspect that Maine is average and
Verizon is average for a US RBOC. I suspect that 90% of US RBOC fiber
rings are at least partially collapsed...

[1] I Am Not A Lawyer; the above is my best recollection of the
   testimony. Documents in regards to Docket 2002-243 are on line off
   of the Maine PUC web site (
   under the virtual case file ( Search by
   docket number 2002243. For some reason, the testimony is not there.
   I will ask a PUC lawyer why that is and see if it can be added.

Are you sure he wasn't talking about customer-buildings? I bet that 10% is
to their COs and most of the 90% don't pay to have redundant paths to their
building. If your business case is not sufficient for VZW or another company
to build redundantly, they will build folded rings.

Deepak Jain