Re: a to-do list for the next century

Date: Wed Mar 22 2000 - 10:25:32 MST

Michael S. Lorrey, <>, writes:
> Yes, Qwest Communications was founded on fiber optics run along the rail
> corridors of the Southwestern US (and the guy did it cause he got paid
> to put fiber for either MCI or Spring, so he put his profits into his own
> fiber alongside theirs).

SPRINT was originally Southern Pacific Railroad INTernal network, the
system the railroad used for internal communications, with lines laid
following their rail rights of way. Eventually they realized that the
network and rights of way were incredibly valuable and started selling
phone services. Probably the communications network will someday be
worth more than the physical railroad assets.


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