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Scavenging OAP Crashes Georgia's Internet

Steve
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Scavenging OAP Crashes Georgia's Internet

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An old lady digging for scrap metal has brought down internet services to two countries after slicing through an important fibre-optic cable.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20110407/twl-scavenging-oap-crashes-georgia-s-int-3fd0ae9.html
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alanf
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Re: Scavenging OAP Crashes Georgia's Internet

There is something wrong if two countries rely on a single route to the Internet. The Internet is supposed to be designed to be able to reroute around failure points.
pierre_pierre
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Re: Scavenging OAP Crashes Georgia's Internet

Thats why BT crashed recently, blamed it on a digger cutting the Fibre
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Re: Scavenging OAP Crashes Georgia's Internet

I've been guilty of that (not recently), the Manchester/London Fibre runs under the corner of our property. (Although BT said it didn’t, their FOC according to their plans was supposedly on the other side of the street, I had it in writing)
Few years back I was putting in foundations for a workshop. Using a JCB digger I dug up a cable (not electrical), obviously FOC, I rang BT explained I’d dug up a cable and was told it wasn’t theirs.
Transpired it was.  Oops.
Suspect BT don't know where their FOC runs