Internet mauled by bears

John van Oppen jvanoppen at
Mon Sep 19 18:50:50 UTC 2011

We had a cow break down a door to a remote microwave site once...    now we are the proud owners of a generator backed electric fence at that site...    Rural physical plant issues are almost always entertaining.  :)


-----Original Message-----
From: Eric J Esslinger [mailto:eesslinger at] 
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2011 9:45 AM
To: 'nanog at'
Subject: RE: Internet mauled by bears

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Suresh Ramasubramanian [mailto:ops.lists at]
> On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 4:16 PM, Eugen Leitl <eugen at> wrote:
> > He pointed out that these are the kind of problems city
> folk probably
> > don't have in an urban area because there is a bear shortage.
> And backwoods towns have rednecks with shotguns, and bubba the backhoe 
> driver exists everywhere there's a road ..
To be honest, while we have had some 'shotgun peppered' fiber runs in our rural TN town (mostly in one spot, due to dove hunters), after comparing notes with a lady that works for Mediacom I think it is preferable to having to have security escorts for their crews in some rough urban areas because gangs will shoot up plant then wait for the crews to show up so they can rob them.

Everyone has issues as which are as diverse as the areas we deploy in.
Eric Esslinger
Information Services Manager - Fayetteville Public Utilities
(931)433-1522 ext 165

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