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CBP issues urgent call for replacement of rodent-damaged cable

As if the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection didn’t have enough work on its hands, the facility at Calexico, Calif., has suffered damage to its fiber optic cable -- from underground rodents.

According to an urgent request for quotations, 1,500 feet of underground fiber cable running from an existing antenna shelter to the monitoring room has been damaged by burrowing rodents.  While some fiber cable connections are undamaged, moving all traffic onto that fiber has it running at 100 percent of capacity with no redundancy.

The CBP notice, which allowed one day for response, specifies a small-business contractor that can install new fiber cable and secure pull boxes from “subsurface rodent intrusion.”

Read the RFQ here.

About the Author

Susan Miller is executive editor at GCN.

Over a career spent in tech media, Miller has worked in editorial, print production and online, starting on the copy desk at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for Federal Computer Week and later helping launch websites and email newsletter delivery for FCW. After a turn at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she rejoined what was to become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing content and production for all the company's government-focused websites. Miller shifted back to editorial in 2012, when she began working with GCN.

Miller has a BA from West Chester University and an MA in English from the University of Delaware.

Connect with Susan at or @sjaymiller.

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