Fiber Provider: Please Don’t Shoot At Our Lines During Dove Season

September 24, 2023

With dove season beginning, North Escambia’s new fiber internet provider is issuing a warning — don’t shoot at power or fiber lines.

According to Connect Powered by Escambia River Electric Cooperative, shooting at an electrical line is a crime and the responsible parties could be held financially liable for repairs.

“Shooting at wired lines, even during hunting season, could result in unnecessary power and internet outages,” Connect said.

Anyone that witnesses a person shooting at wired lines in EREC’s territory is asked to report it to the cooperative at (850) 675-4521.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, dove season is September 23 to October 15, November 11 to December 3 and December 19 to January 31.


2 Responses to “Fiber Provider: Please Don’t Shoot At Our Lines During Dove Season”

  1. JustSaying on September 25th, 2023 7:38 am

    @Oversight Have you thought about the cost of putting the whole EREC system underground? Yes, it would help with wind storms for both the new Fiber and power lines since they are integrated on same poles. But, when an outage does occur underground in the rural areas (underground) trying to find and isolate it for repairs could take a lot longer than an overhead outage. We are not in the cement city. Just some rational thoughts.

  2. Oversight on September 24th, 2023 11:52 am

    A good PSA, but consider this: Putting fiber optic cable underground would prevent this along with an increase in reliability during heavy weather. It is only a matter of time till the next storm comes rolling through “EREC’s territory.” And with a high level of confidence, Mother Nature and her trees will certainly cause “unnecessary… internet outages.”