True failure: Gun kills Internet fiber

Without doubt, this wins the bizarre failure of the week award. Network World reports Internet slowdowns because someone shot a cable located near Cleveland:TeliaSonera, which lost the northern leg of its U.

Without doubt, this wins the bizarre failure of the week award. Network World reports Internet slowdowns because someone shot a cable located near Cleveland:

TeliaSonera, which lost the northern leg of its U.S. network to the cut, said that the outage began around 7 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday night. When technicians pulled up the affected cable, it appeared to have been shot. "Somebody had been shooting with a gun or a shotgun into the cable," said Anders Olausson, a TeliaSonera spokesman.

The outage caused headaches for Christopher McCoy, a system administrator for a Web hosting company in Atlanta. "This Telia outage is really causing a pain," he wrote in a blog posting. "Telia is one of my company’s main network providers, and explaining to your average Webmaster the details and specifics of a fiber break isn’t all that easy.

And if you told them the cable was a victim of gunfire, would they even believe you?

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