Summary:

Every so often we hear about a network outage thanks to some completely non-technology reason: A truck rammed into a pole or backhoe cut the cable. Here are some of the top bizarre reasons why optical fibers are cut (and result in network disruption.)

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Every so often we hear about a network outage thanks to some completely non-technology reason: A truck rammed into a pole or backhoe cut the cable. Fred Lawler, Level 3 Communications’ Senior Vice President of Global Field Services has been in the network building business and on the Level 3 blog he lists top bizarre reasons why optical fibers are cut (and result in network disruption.)

  1. Constructions companies and excavators.
  2. Trucks and other vehicle-related damages. (Add ships to this list too.)
  3. Natural Disasters (High winds, Hurricanes &  Ice storms.)
  4. Vandalism
  5. A pissed off Southern landowner with a backhoe and a shotgun.
  6. Squirrels (and other wild animals.

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