|reply to jsm1234 |
Re: Another idea for cutting down costs for fiber in the north..
Cost of construction is shared by Telco, now FairPoint, and local Electric Utility. Underground construction is much more expensive then aerial.
Underground cable is more reliable but not impervious to damage. Backhoes and rocks are a real danger. Not only is underground cable more expensive to install is it more expensive to repair.
Aerial fiber is pretty reliable as it is a non-conductor so unaffected by lightning and splices are less vulnerable to water intrusion.
Other then urban areas where utility lines are an eyesore Ariel construction is fine.