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Subject: Re: Why is this bad news? Down 11% so far.. Date: 9/27/2000 9:49 PM
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I have been an inspector on the installation of the fiber-optic loops being installed in tne Phoenix metro area for about 18 months now (i.e. since the very beginning). I have worked direcly for Level 3 and MFN and have dealt extensively with NextLink. My experiences of the inner workings of these companies led me to invest in MFN. Why? The Nextlink build was the most poorly managed construction projectwith which I have ever been associated.The personnel and methods employed by Nextlink bespoke a corporate management that is grossly incompetent. The build is a mess and is 6 months behind schedule (with at least 2 more months to go). Level 3 (the major trench partner in the above mentioned Nextlink joint build) totally got screwed by Nextlink. They received a dismal infrastructure much delayed for their considerable investment. This was allowed to happen because of inferior oversight by Level 3. The management team on the ground is a joke. The word is that Level 3 plans legal action against Nextlink over the Phoenix metro build (just like happened in both the Denver and San Diego joint builds). This brings me to MFN. They have had a very hands on approach to their oversight of the Phoenix installation. They are efficient and well run. They are very particular about contractor's adherence to specs. They are insuring themselves of an infrastructure of high quality.
I believe that the quality of the management teams put in place in a particular area has to reflect on the corporate structure as a whole. Using this criteria MFN wins hands down.
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