Another choice tidbit: "Or if they got fiber maps off the Internet and rented a backhoe in the middle of the desert and turned our long-haul links into swiss cheese." Have you tried renting a backhoe and driving it into the middle of the desert? Train derailments and washouts do more damage and yet somehow the internet continues to survive. A far better read than that tripe would be Sean Gorman's PhD thesis on fiber concentration and vulnerabilities.
Here is a freebie: 60 hudson in new york.
Edit: the wording on the original post was made less idiotic after this entry