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Wednesday, December 31, 2003


Arkansas: Siloam Springs Electric Department linking schools with fiber

In Arkansas, the Siloam Springs Electric Department is linking the local schools together with fiber.

The project costs cited by the article are about twice what our Fiber Planners clients are paying on a per-mile basis, even though the fiber counts are relatively low (24 to 48 fibers). This is probably because, for some reason, the utility decided to lash fiber cable to steel messengers rather than use ADSS (all-dielectric, self-supporting) fiber cable in the supply region (near the power conductors) on the pole.

Links to earlier blog entries on this project: April 1, August 14


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