Crazed Squirrels Huge Threat to Fiber Optic Networks

The 10 Most Bizarre and Annoying Causes of Fiber Cuts

Squirrels – who would ever think they could shut down your connectivity?

While we can try to reason with humans and publicize our underground cable, there is nothing we can do about our next biggest pain in the rear, and that’s squirrels! Of all the animals in the whole world, almost all of our animal damage comes from this furry little nut eater. Squirrel chews account for a whopping 17% of Level 3′s damages so far this year! But let me add that it is down from 28% just last year and it continues to decrease since they added cable guards to our plant.

Honestly, I don’t understand what the big attraction is or why they feel compelled to gnaw through cables. The guys in the field have given this some thought and jokingly suspect the cable manufacturers of using peanut oil in the sheathing.

 

So besides Squirrels, what is the rest of the Top 10 Most Bizarre Fiber Cut Causes? Check out Level 3′s Blogpost here