US hunters shoot down Google fibre

Kevin Neal kevin at
Tue Sep 21 18:10:38 UTC 2010

How are the guys sent out on cross-country skis going to get up to the fiber
to repair it?  I'm sure that the cable isn't low enough for them to reach it
without a ladder, bucket truck, helicopter....  all of which you don't pack
in on skis...


On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 12:02 PM, Seth Mattinen <sethm at> wrote:

> On 9/21/2010 10:52, Holmes,David A wrote:
> > Modern telephone pole aerial fiber uses all dialectric self-supporting
> > (ADSS) technology, where the self-supporting component consists
> > primarily of aramid yarn, the same material used for bullet-proof vests.
> > This makes for an extremely light weight, almost indestructible fiber
> > bundle. My guess is that ADSS fiber would deflect any bullets, or it
> > would take a very good marksman using a very high caliber weapon to
> > actually sever an aerial fiber.
> >
> > Now in the case described below where optical ground wire (OPGW) fiber
> > is used as a component in the ground wire running at the top of high
> > voltage transmission towers, it may be possible to hit the insulators at
> > the top of the towers, but the ground wire itself is usually armored,
> > with ADSS inside. Seems far-fetched to me.
> >
> Back in my ISP days it was more common for people to take pot shots at
> remote equipment cabinets than the cable/fiber itself. Any field
> enclosure is as easy a target as your average bullet-ridden road sign.
> Although this was extremely rare; I can only recall one instance where
> it was the direct cause of an outage.
> ~Seth

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