Monthly Archives: January 2021

  1. Chicago Deep - Installing Fiber 40 Feet Below the Streets of Chicago

    Splicing Cable Below the Streets of Chicago

    Most underground terrestrial fiber optic cable infrastructure is only several feet below grade. However, there is one network in particular that is far deeper.  Below the streets of Metropolitan Chicago is an extensive tunnel system that is about forty feet below the street level.

    Originally licensed by the City in 1899 for telephone cables, the tunnel system was mostly used to move freight, coal, and mail throughout the city by small electric narrow gauge trains.  Major commercial use of the tunnel system ended in the 1950s with the bankruptcy for the operator. Chicago’s Grant Park was expanded in the early 20th century with landfill, much of it from excavations of the tunnels.

    A new use for the tunnels was initiated in the late 1980s with the development of the Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC), a telecommunications provider company created t ...

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  2. Reduce Expensive Truck Rolls with Cost-Effective Training

    Reduce Expensive Truck Rolls with Cost-Effective Training

    Your organization's bottom line is impacted every time skilled technicians are dispatched into the field. Truck rolls for new installations or service upgrades generate revenue, but truck rolls to correct avoidable issues are lost revenue opportunities.

    Industry analysts estimate the average cost of a truck roll to be between $150 to $600 depending on variables like travel distance, road and weather conditions, labor regulations, and administrative costs. The Technology Service Association reports that the realistic, fully-burdened costs can exceed $1,000 due to the growing complexity of technical issues that require field staff to have more training on a wider range of technology platforms.

    To determine what an average truck roll is costing your organization; calculate the costs of your labor, vehicles, and lost opportunities ...

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  3. Happy Winter Solstice

    Whilst today marks the day with the fewest hours of daylight, it also begins the return of more sunlight – something we can all celebrate.

    Fiber optics is the light that brightens the world by keeping us all connected and I am pleased to be a part of this important industry. As I look forward to brighter days, I wish to express my gratitude for your support of Light Brigade over the past year. Thank you for your loyalty and understanding as together we embraced the challenges and opportunities 2020 presented.

    From all of us at Light Brigade, please enjoy the magic and joy of this holiday season. Be safe and take some time to appreciate what brightens your days.


    Martin Lee

    President, Light Brigade

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