Woodpecker Strikes Again

Here is some more information about the woodpecker incident with  my parents Internet and phone problems last week:

The cause of a recent telephone and DSL (Internet) outage in Fallbrook is shown in the following jpeg images:


Note the hole in the black-colored fiberoptic cable splice box (look for the white cord hanging out of the hole).  This is where a woodpecker penetrated the non-metallic box and proceeded to destroy the optical connections inside.  This assault cut off DSL and some phone service for about a day until the telephone company could make repairs (we were first told that repairs could take up to 11 days!)  This was the second successful woodpecker assault at this location in a matter of weeks.

The “white cord” is actually a plastic-like tube containing (I am told) 24 optical fibers.  The tube is about the diameter of a soda straw.  The tube loop shown in the photo was swinging back and forth in the breeze as if to advertise the location of the incident at the intersection of Winterwarm & Alta Vista.

Bob Gonsett