A Look at Verizon's Decimated NYC Network
Miles of Damaged Copper Getting Ripped Out Beneath City
offers up a stunning look with photos at some of the damage caused to Verizon's New York City infrastructure by Sandy, highlighting the miles of copper made useless by the city's flooded underground. The Verge's
Dante D'Orazio got a personal tour of Verizon's underground cabling two weeks after the storm, getting to follow Verizon repair crews as the company sought out damaged copper lines.
While the disaster will be a costly one for Verizon, it has the benefit of forcing the company to more quickly replace aging copper infrastructure with fiber optic lines, which obviously has the added benefit of lower maintenance costs (and better future storm resilience):
Miles of copper is ruined not only in the cable vault at Broad Street, but also at 20 or so manholes around the area. Even worse, paper insulation in the copper wiring sucks water through the cabling from capillary action, destroying cabling even in dry areas. Levendos says it’s "far too tedious, time consuming, and not effective of a process to try and put this infrastructure back together," so Verizon’s taking the opportunity to rewire with fiber optics instead. Service has been restored to FiOS customers for over a week — unlike copper, fiber optics aren’t damaged by the water. As part of this process, crews have already pulled fiber up the major corridors — including Water, Broad, and Pearl Streets — to ultimately connect the fiber network to buildings.
The photo to the right shows the copper feeders just chopped off and capped, raising questions on how this impacts any CLECs that may have been using that infrastructure for access. The timing of Sandy comes as Verizon was already pushing to have a lot of this copper replaced
-- and this obviously gives them a large-scale opportunity to accomplish this belatedly in New York City -- with insurance help. Verizon won't give specific numbers, but notes that thousands of DSL customers still lack service in lower Manhattan.
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pnh102Reptiles Are Cuddly And PrettyPremium
Mount Airy, MD
Ugh The Whining
quote:People whine and complain about Verizon NOT replacing copper with something better... and when they do... they complain about these lamer CLECs who never built out their own network in the first place?
The photo to the right shows the copper feeders just chopped off and capped, raising questions on how this impacts any CLECs that may have been using that infrastructure for access.
Sucks to be them. Shrug.
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