US hunters shoot down Google fibre

Mark Keymer mark at
Tue Sep 21 18:18:06 UTC 2010

Hi Kevin,

That is easy. "Tree Climbing Spurs / Tree Climbing Spikes" A quick
Google search found these for sale.




Kevin Neal wrote:
> 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...
> -Kevin
> 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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