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...

regards,
fletcher
[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 (http://www.state.me.us/mpuc/homepage.htm)
   under the virtual case file (http://mpuc.informe.org.) 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
AiNET