Squirrelly ITaP Fibers
The culprit of the network service outages in CS building was caught leaving the scene Tuesday morning. A squirrel hightailed it out of the conduit when ITaP workers entered the service tunnel and removed the cover of the wiring junction box, but not before it did some serious damage. The squirrel chewed through several fibers on the fiber trunk between the Math and CS buildings hindering service to CS.
The outer jacket of the remaining bundle that the CS building is operating from was found opened with some fibers cut. Concern that movement of the remaining fibers may cause another outage has prompted ITaP to run a temporary path to the CS building. Once ITaP completes the path between the two sites they will schedule an outage to move the building off of the current multimode fiber between Math and CS to the single mode fiber. They hope to have this completed by January 25th.
As for the mischievous squirrel, the tunnel has been temporarily secured until pest control comes up with a permanent fix.