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Proposed AT&T facility in MD

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  • Albert LaFrance
    Today s (1/24/2000) Washington Post has an article about local objections to a proposed AT&T regeneration station to be built near the intersection of Broad
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 24, 2000
      Today's (1/24/2000) Washington Post has an article about local objections
      to a proposed AT&T "regeneration station" to be built near the intersection
      of Broad Run Rd. and Catholic Church Rd. in Burkittsville, in western MD.

      The article describes the proposed structure as a "37-foot-high building
      with enough space to house 16,000 square feet of electrical equipment that
      would boost the signal of a fiber-optic line carrying voice and data
      between Washington and Saint Louis".

      The facility would be built on the site of an existing 150-square-foot AT&T
      fiber repeater hut. The print version of the Post includes a photo showing
      part of the hut - it looks like a typical modern, flat roofed, precast
      concrete telecom shelter.

      The article implies that the new facility will be part of a new cable
      route, to provide a backup to an existing parallel line, but give no
      details about the route.

      The proposal raises some questions. First of all, I understand the term
      "regeneration station" to mean "repeater". Since repeater huts are small,
      the new facility would appear to be much more than just a repeater. In
      fact, a leader of one of the environmental groups opposing the project said
      "We wonder if this larger facility doesn't really serve as a switching
      station for the mid-Atlantic."

      Which leads to another question: assuming that the facility is in fact a
      switch, why would AT&T call it something else? In terms of environmental
      impact, both types of facilities would seem to be about the same, so I
      don't see any public-relations advantage in calling a switching station a
      regeneration station.

      And finally, if the facility is part of a new, backup cable route, why is
      it being built on the exact location of a repeater for the original route?

      The Post article can be read at:

      http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/feed/a19562-2000jan24.htm

      ...Albert
    • Albert LaFrance
      Today s Washington Post (2/2/00, p. B3) reports that AT&T has dropped its proposal to build a 16,000 square foot regeneration station in Burkittsville, MD.
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 2, 2000
        Today's Washington Post (2/2/00, p. B3) reports that AT&T has dropped its
        proposal to build a 16,000 square foot "regeneration station" in
        Burkittsville, MD. The company said public objections were causing too
        much delay.

        Instead, the facility will be built in an industrial park on Rt. 15 near
        Frederick. That would be about 8 miles east of Burkittsville.

        ...Albert
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