Hunters shoot down Google cables

Google's attempt at connecting its data centers to carry its huge load is jeopardized by hunters who regularly shoot down the fiber links between those centers.

Chris Matyszczyk
2 min read

To some Americans, guns don't exist in order to kill other people, they exist as an expression of freedom.

Nothing explains this better than the news that hunters in Oregon have been using Google for target practice. Let me be clear, I have no firm knowledge that they know their targets belong to those heady liberals from the Bay Area. However, who could not conjecture whether the reported shooting of Google's fiber across this fair state may have something to do with political freedom?

Look! Flying fiber! 10 o'clock! CC SamJUK/Flickr

According to IT News, Google has been driven underground by the highly accurate shooting from Oregon's finest marksmen. More accurately, its cables have been forced to go 6 feet under. You see, it appears that hunters are shooting at the fiber that connects its vast data centers merely for the fun of being able to shoot down the tentacles of the man.

"Every November when hunting season starts, invariably we know that the fiber will be shot down, so much so that we are now building an underground path [for it]," Google engineering manager Vijay Gill told IT News.

Gill speculated that the real target was insulators, although none has actually yet been holed. "What people do for sport or because they're bored, they try to shoot at the insulators," he told IT News.

While Google is naturally frustrated about having to sometimes send ski parties to try and fix these severed fibers, one should surely think about this issue at a rather more exalted level.

Google has done so much to enable the whole world to enjoy freedom of expression. Should it really be upset that another vehicle of expressive freedom has been used to cause it a little inconvenience?