Thursday, April 1, 2010

Ferrets as a solution to broadband woes

The Telegraph today reports that "(S)pecially trained ferrets are being used to deliver broadband to rural areas following groundbreaking techniques used by an internet provider." Virgin Media, it appears, has been using the animals for years to lay cables for its broadband services.
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"The ferrets wear jackets fitted with a microchip which is able to analyse any breaks or damage in the underground network." reports the Telegraph.

"For hundreds of years, ferrets have helped humans in various jobs," said Jon James, director of broadband for Virgin Media. "Our decision to use them is due to their strong nesting instinct, their long, lean build and inquisitive nature, and for their ability to get down holes. We initially kept the trial low-key as we wanted to assess how well the ferrets fitted into our operations before revealing this enterprising scheme," the Telegraph reported James as saying on April Fool's Day.