Landscape workers snap a fiber optic cable linking two schools

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MANASQUAN — A fiber optic data cable linking Manasquan‘s high school and elementary school was accidentally severed on Tuesday morning, temporarily disconnecting phones, internet access and computers.

The damage occurred when the cable was struck by a landscaping crew working on a beautification project at the elementary school. According to district officials, the landscaping company that was awarded the contract for the beautification project had subcontracted the work out, unbeknownst to the district.

According to Rob Notley of New Road Construction, the district’s construction management firm for its referendum project, the cost of the repairs is estimated to be $15,000 that the landscaping company will be responsible for.

“We have already contacted Coastal Communications, they came out this morning and looked at this, we will be presenting to that landscaper contractor Coastal’s estimate for that repair work,” said Mr. Notley. “The entire fiber optic line has to be replaced. He didn’t get a mark out done, he should have had a mark out done.”

The severed fiber optic cable did not keep communications down for long in the district, thanks to the creative problem solving of the district’s network administrator.

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