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Beaver blamed for Internet, cellphone outage in Taos

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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 9:00 pm

TAOS — After offering conflicting explanations about what severed a fiber-optic cable east of Eagle Nest, CenturyLink representatives now say the 20-hour cellphone and Internet outage last week was caused by an overeager beaver chewing through the line.

CenturyLink owns a fiber-optic cable that runs from Taos to Interstate 25. The cable carries Internet and cellphone data for many Taos County residents. While cell towers in the area send and receive cellphone signals, that information is routed out of the county over the fiber-optic line. If it breaks, cell service is lost.

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