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Tuesday, September 23, 2003


If the fiber network's redundant, what is the real cost of a fiber cable cut?

When contractors accidentally cut a buried fiber cable, the cost of the damage in lost network traffic can skyrocket before the cut is finally repaired. Lost revenue costs on a long-haul fiber link can easily run thousands of dollars per minute if the traffic cannot be re-routed via redundant links.

But what if the network has built-in redundancy? Steve Minor notes a recent case of this kind in his weblog, SW Virginia law blog:

"In MCI Worldcom Network Services, Inc. v. OSP Consultants, Inc., the Virginia Supreme Court in an opinion by Senior Justice Stephenson concluded in an answer to a certified question from the Fourth Circuit that a telecommunications company was not entitled to damages for loss of use where redundancy in its fiber optic network allowed it to avoid actual losses when one cable was damaged.

When designing networks, we always build-in redundancy into our clients' networks on all but the least important links.


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