Re: AT&T to sell off $100 billion in real estate?
The LD switching center in Atlanta had a good bit of copper. Enough so that the cable racks were overflowing beyond the imagination of the engineers that were proposing routing as new equipment was being installed in 1968. They finally gave up and told the installers where they wanted it to start from and where to end up. But it took pictures to convince them. At that time they never attempted to remove dead stuff.
Then there were the power cables. Did my share of lifting 500MCM off the reel onto the racks. 500MCM is about the size of an average wrist. All grunt work until the weight took over about 5 floors down. When enough was in the basement the crew got to tie the run to the 14 stories of vertical rack and start over with the next. Shielded 350MCM was the worst. All this as they were transitioning to crossbar from step.