Beaver Was The Culprit In 20-Hour Internet Outage

TAOS, N.M. (June 28, 2013)--The culprit behind a 20-hour Internet and cellphone outage last week in northern New Mexico was a beaver, officials say.

CenturyLink spokesman David Gonzales told The Associated Press Friday that the hungry beaver chewed through a fiber line last week.

Contractors who repaired the line found the evidence linking the outage to the beaver.

More than 1,800 Internet users were affected by the blackout, but it’s unclear how many mobile users were affected.

CenturyLink owns a fiber-optic cable that runs from Taos to Interstate 25 and carries wireless data for many residents around Taos County.

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