Fiber Cut Oddities: Land Sharks, Squirrels, Planes

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Backhoes are the number one cause of fiber cuts. But there are plenty of other culprits, including some you wouldn’t expect. Fred Lawler.¬†SVP of Global Field Services at Level 3, provides a highly entertaining review of The 10 Most Bizarre and Annoying Causes of Fiber Cuts (link via Slashdot).

One of the most unusual: In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a Level 3 field manager was working to repair a fiber line about two miles inland, only to encounter a three-foot long shark in the fiber trench. Lawler also recounts in which a storm toppled a long chain of utility poles in Idaho, sparking a grass fire. Level 3 employees repaired the company’s fiber even as¬†airplanes flew overhead dumping fire retardant to battle the blazes. See Lawler’s full post on the Beyond Bandwidth blog.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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