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1AT&T fiber optic  Empty AT&T fiber optic on Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:04 am


Thought I would start a thread for AT&T and the fiber optic topic.

First I will post Dan Hamburg's reply from the listserve and add my two cents as the first reply.

Dan Hamburg wrote:

Terry Vaughn writes:  "AT&T will never build a self-healing fiber ring
unless our county supervisors and mayors take this failure as a warning of
what can happen when we lose 1 small link to the outside world.  Our leaders
need to work with the state and telecom companies to restore our confidence
in the network. The Mendocino Coast needs a diverse path for
telecommunications off the coast.  What business or college would invest in
a place where a car accident can cause so much economic damage."

Terry is right on the mark.  I do want to take note that the Broadband
Alliance of Mendocino County (BAMC) and its chair Jim Moorehead have been
warning about the precariousness of the network that serves the Mendocino
Coast, and much of the rest of rural Mendocino County, for several years.

In fact, BAMC sponsored a proposal to the CPUC (Golden Bear Broadband) that
would have created two redundant fiber rings on Route 1 (the Mendocino
County ring would have been:  Laytonville/Westport/Fort
Bragg/Manchester/Ukiah) with the internet backbone interconnections at
Laytonville and Ukiah.  ATT was instrumental in blocking that proposal.

According to Jim, ATT failed in two ways in this most recent incident:

1)  ATT failed to have adequate material and personnel available locally to
respond to this emergency in a timely manner; and

2)  ATT does not have a redundant network to route around problems like
this.  This is a basic network design flaw that saves ATT money.

BAMC, which is the arm of the Board of Supervisors on broadband issues, is
collecting information for a full report to CPUC.  Please share relevant
information with Brandon Merritt in the county Executive Office

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2AT&T fiber optic  Empty Re: AT&T fiber optic on Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:08 am


Dan's post is excellent in pointing out the details.
I will only add that AT&T is ROLLING in profit.
See this link and snoop around. They clearly have the money to add infrastructure.
Not having the resources is not a good argument for them to make.

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3AT&T fiber optic  Empty Re: AT&T fiber optic on Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:36 am


Here is contact information for the various office locations and numbers to call if others choose to voice their opinion.

The Oakland office particulars are here:
70 Washington Street,
Suite 203
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 286-8537
(202) 224-0454 fax

Here is a link to the email form thingy on the website.

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4AT&T fiber optic  Empty Re: AT&T fiber optic on Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:28 am


This is a re-posted bit by Jim Heid as posted on the listserve concerning the issue.  
This is valuable information.  Thanks for the post Jim!

Hi, neighbors:

If you missed last night’s “Point & Click Radio”, during which we talked about the recent fiber-optic outage on the coast, here’s an archive:

(Thanks to Toni Orans for recording this!)

One of the topics we discussed was a new online survey aimed at finding out how many people were affected and how they were affected. This survey was assembled by the county and the Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County.

If you haven’t completed this short survey, please do! If your business was affected — for example, by not being able to perform credit card transactions — please indicate that, too.

Thanks to Jim Moorehead of the Broadband Alliance of Mendocino County for taking the time to join us on the air. Please check out their site to learn more about their efforts.


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5AT&T fiber optic  Empty Re: AT&T fiber optic on Thu Aug 07, 2014 11:06 am

Thanks very much for posting this.

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6AT&T fiber optic  Empty Re: AT&T fiber optic on Thu Aug 07, 2014 2:01 pm


You are most welcome Jefro. And by the way, welcome to the Mendoboard!

Here is additional information posted by Sage Statham from the Mendocino Community Network.
Thank you MCN! You are still THE best internet provider ANYWHERE.

There is a lot of conversation happening around town and on the lists about the recent fiber that disturbed so many services along the Mendocino coast. We’ve put together a page that explains the outage from MCN’s perspective and what our plans going forward are. It should address most peoples questions. For MCN Fusion customers we will be issuing a credit for the outage.

Thank you to AT&T repair crews for their hard work in getting our services restored. Thank you to our customers for your patience.

Read more here:

-Sage Statham

Mendocino Community Network
(707)937-1444 ext123 | (800)796-3896 ext123

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