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The Valuation of a Disconnect

During the 1968-1971 time frame, the new line installations at New York Telephone
Company [now Verizon] all but came to a grinding halt in its busiest commercial
districts of New York City. No, not because of labor actions or a strike
(although a strike actually did ensue late during this period, as described in a
moment), but because some genius at headquarters came to a startling realization
that there was no money to be made in disconnects. A disconnect, for clarity, is
an order to remove a line, or to remove portions of a line that were rearranged
or upgraded. Consequently, the main distribution frames within central offices
(some of which were L-shaped and a city block and a half long) became swamped
with copper wires to the point that technicians could no longer find the
termination blocks on which "soldering lugs" were located to affix new circuits,
for the mountain of singles, pairs, triplets and quads that had accumulated and
literally buried several of the larger frames.

Fortunately for the telco, the union did eventually strike in 1971, but for
better pay and working conditions and obviously not due to reasons sated above,
although the strike nevertheless allowed the telco's management to call in
legions of management staffers from the other 22 Affiliated Bell Operating
Companies across the nation (which they'd not ordinarily do in the presence of
union workers during normal times) to assist in its rescue that was effected
through a massive initiative aimed at removing untold tons of dead wiring. During
this period the telco was shielded from the burdens of new line installations by
virtue of the strike as it feigned being understaffed (until the mess was
cleared, and then new lines began going in like a charm, which gave management
the opportunity to gloat over how fast things could "really" be done!). But the
lesson had been learned the hard way that disconnects actually do matter, and
they need to be administered in much the same way as do new line orders or any
other "profitable" offering.

I once had access but no longer do to a set of photos that illustrated the
"waterfall" effects of the cables overflowing NY Tel MDFs at the W50th and E56th
St COs. If anyone here has a link to those photos or a copy of them, kindly post
or send offlist. TIA.


“Our Internet service is in the toilet again!”

“Yes, that’s where we installed it…”

Alexander Harrowell wrote:

"Our Internet service is in the toilet again!"

"Yes, that's where we installed it.."