Gunshots Slow Down The Internet... Again

from the really-need-to-do-something-about-all-that-gunplay dept

Back in 2005, we had quite a story about how DSL lines in New Mexico were apparently knocked offline due to "random gunfire." That story got even more bizarre when a guy who was playing online poker at the time, blamed the outage on him going "all in" on the wrong hand (he claims he went all in just as the DSL turned off, but when it came back, it went in on a different hand). However, it still struck us as interesting that random gunfire could impact your internet service. Apparently, it wasn't an isolated case. The latest is that random gunfire is being blamed for a general slowdown in the internet, after fiber-optic cables near Cleveland were "sabotaged by gunfire." Who knew that gunfire and internet wiring were such a dangerous combination?

Filed Under: fiber optics, guns
Companies: level 3, teliasonera

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased), 22 Aug 2007 @ 8:51am

    Re: Hoeppner

    Hunters shoot at the insulators (ceramic things) intentionally. The insulators don't protect wires, they prevent electricity from flowing to places they shouldn't. The shape has nothing to do with deflecting bullets. If random gunfire was a problem, they would make bulletproof insulators (FYI - they don't). Now, a hunter hitting a 1/2 inch diameter conductor from the ground has got to be difficult.

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