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Re: Bee attack, fiber cut, 7-hour outage

  • From: Deepak Jain
  • Date: Fri Sep 21 15:59:41 2007

Sean Donelan wrote:

(AUSTIN) Telephone service was out for seven hours in rural Central Texas after bees attacked a construction worker, causing him to jump off his tractor and hit a lever that lowered an auger that sliced a fiber-optic line.

Is this a 7 hour outage a comment on rural Central Texas availability of fiber splicers or novel ways fiber gets cut?

Anytime you talk about "rural" I'm impressed with 7 hours, however -- isn't SONET supposed to make this better?