Bored Hunters in Oregon Are Regularly Shooting Down Google's Fibers

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When there's no deer, or quail, or whatever it is hunters shoot up in The Dalles around, bored gunmen have been playing target practice with the insulators on Google's electricity distribution poles. It's so problematic Google's moving their fibers underground.


The fibers that are continually being shot down connect with Google's $600 million data center in The Dalles. It happens as soon as hunting season starts each November, so now a fed-up Google is building an underground path for it.

On one snowstormy occasion, Google repairmen couldn't be transported to the area of a recent cut. Normally sent out by helicopter or Caterpillar tractor, three technicians had to cross country ski for three days to reach and then fix the damaged fiber. [IT News via Oregon Business]



1 Did Google not think that it might not be a good idea to hang such important wires in a place where drunken rednecks are often shooting shit?

2 I hope to frick that all these cases have just been accidents. Because if there are seriously people doing this, they deserve to die. I'm hardcore like that.

3 I can picture one of these guys laughing with a mouthful of crooked yellow teeth after they shoot a wire. Then going home to discover the internet's not working and getting all pissed off at customer service.