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5 Unusual Ways Nature Causes Outages And How To Mitigate Risk

5 Unusual Ways Nature Causes Outages and How to Mitigate Risk

Nature is a fickle beast. Telecommunications and cable companies have long sought a perfect record for service delivery. The reality, however, is that nature tends to work against human endeavors. Outages are a fact of life in telecommunications, which is why an entire industry has arisen around disaster recovery services for phones and internet. In a recent article by Level 3 Communications, SVP of Operations Fred Lawler discussed the top causes of service outages. Among them, there were several unusual surprises. 1. Squirrels One of the leading causes of outages comes from an unexpected force of nature: squirrel teeth. No one knows for sure why squirrels are drawn to telecom and internet fiber. Their chewing habits account for nearly one quarter…

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