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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    Hoeppner, 21 Aug 2007 @ 7:47pm

    well the electical companies around here have to replace those ceramic things that they hang the wires from every year around public hunting areas north of us. a good deal of the shape is designed to deflect bullets do they don't get to the part that the wire is actually hanging from.

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