(ORDO NEWS) — A destroying beaver has caused an internet outage in northern British Columbia, Canada. He chewed through the aspen.
As the source writes, when the tree fell, it damaged electrical and fiber optic lines. As a result, some customers were left without electricity, and many others were cut off from the Internet.
A team that arrived to clean up the aftermath of an aspen falling on the wires found teeth marks at the base of the tree, which led them to believe that beavers could be the culprit.
It’s unusual, but it happens from time to time,
Bob Gummer, a spokesman for provincial electricity operator BC Hydro, told CTV.
Local utility company CityWest has begun working on the best permanent solution to ensure that beavers never leave people without the internet again.
The plan is to lay a second fiber optic line on the ocean floor along the coast of Vancouver. This way, if the tree falls again, the backup line will provide uninterrupted communication.
This is far from the first time a beaver has been accused of shutting down the internet in Canada. In April last year, almost 1,000 customers lost access to the network for a whole day due to an animal chewing through the cable.
Then the representative of the Internet provider Telus called the incident “a strange and unique turn of events for Canada”, but he was clearly in a hurry with the word “unique”.
Problems for the network can be created not only by animals, but also by people who do not understand what they are doing.
In February, we published an article about a Frenchman who wanted to wean his children from surfing the Internet at night.
Every day from midnight to 3 am, he used a multi-band jammer capable of canceling a mobile phone as well as Wi-Fi signals.
However, he did not take into account the power of the device – the connection disappeared not only at his house and in the entire municipality, but even in the neighboring one.
He now faces up to six months in prison and a €30,000 fine.
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