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Friday, October 03, 2003


Gas utility telecom: State approves Sempra Fiber Links deployment in gas pipelines

"California energy regulators on Thursday approved a novel plan to place fiber optic telephone and television cables inside natural gas pipelines serving homes and offices in Southern California."

"The cable can be inserted into a tube placed inside existing underground gas lines serving homes and businesses by cutting "small incisions in the streets," Peevey said."

"Fiber optic cable will not be inserted into large gas transmission pipelines that deliver gas to smaller distribution pipes. "

"Mike Hale, director of gas distribution for the utilities, said the CPUC's decision covered the entire service area but set up an initial three-year trial period that limits the miles for fiber optic lines while the utilities and regulators study the service and costs. Southern California Gas has a total 500-mile limit and San Diego Gas & Electric 27 miles over the three years."



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