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Cordless Mice – Rodent-Related Internet Outage in South Iceland

By Ragnar Tómas

Photo: Mouse scuttling.

The fibre-optic communication system in the Hrunamannahreppur municipality in South Iceland has seen two malfunctions recently, RÚV reports. The culprits? Mice – who appear to be drawn to the insulation tape protecting the cables.

As noted in his letter in the November issue of Pési, the municipality’s monthly newsletter, Director of the Local Council Jón G. Valgeirsson believes that more must be done to respond to the rodents’ encroachments.

While calling into question the nutritional value of insulation tape – and, thereby, the reasonability of the rodents’ actions – Jón G. Valgeirsson lauds the telecommunications company TRS for responding quickly to malfunctions traced to the mice’s voracity. Nonetheless, Jón believes that to keep the mice away from the cables, further action must be taken. In his letter, Jón G. goes so far as to accuse the mice of apathy: “I don’t believe they care,” he writes.

Jón G. Valgeirsson concludes his letter by encouraging more people to sign up for fibre-optic service: “We would happily receive more users residing í Flúðir to our fibre-optic communication system because it is necessary to the operation and maintenance of our society.”

Special “fibre-optic mice?

In a conversation with Iceland Review this morning, Jón G. Valgeirsson stated that there had been one mice-related malfunction since his letter was published. “They seem to be infiltrating the terminal boxes. We took some measures last year, but it appears that they weren’t adequate.”

“Other municipalities don’t seem to be having the same problem with their terminal boxes,” Jón continued. “It makes you wonder if there are some kind of special fibre-optic mice in Hrunamannahreppur.”

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