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Thursday, May 08, 2003


Postings will continue to be sporadic until this weekend while I'm out in the field

Postings will continue to be sporadic until this weekend while I'm out in the field

I'm back from the UTC show in Houston and out in the field trying to design Ripley Power & Light's fiber network while hoping to dodge the killer storms that have been pounding West Tennessee. Thanks to all of you who have sent me e-mails in the last several days; when I get home, I'll start posting more links and replying to your messages.

Ripley has not experienced much damage, but many towns in this region have, especially Jackson, where a number of people died. Please keep the people of Jackson in your prayers -- the severe storms haven't stopped yet. Jackson Sun article.

One of the casualties of the Jackson tornado was the local CLEC and ISP Aeneas Internet and Telephone. Originally a bitter opponent of Jackson Energy's very progressive FTTH (fiber to the home) network, they more recently agreed to work with Jackson Energy (JEA), using their switching and ISP infrastructure to help support the project. Aeneas' building was apparently demolished by the F4 tornado that hit downtown. Others in the industry (including competing CLECs and ISPs) are already rushing in equipment and help to get them back up and running. If you can help them or Jackson Energy in some way, I urge you to pitch in.


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