Westnet and Utah outage

Gordon Cook writes:
  COOK: your suggestion scott not mine....... If I remember correctly on
  my one previous querry 6 weeks ago, the problem seemed to be more MCI's
  than sprints. I am in the midst of writing a long cover story on how
  backbones are responding to internet growth pressure and when something
  breaks I am interest in understanding what happened.


Why would this be a backbone issue? It sounds to me like Westnet
relies on a single connection from its NSP, and that this failed for
some period of time. Any single component, be it circuit, router,
etc. *will fail*. If a regional depends on a single point of failure
the outcome is inevitable.