Many Verizon landline customers experienced an outage Tuesday due to a rodent problem in Eatonville, a community 6 miles north of Orlando, Verizon officials said.
Verizon spokesman Bob Elik said that a rat nest was discovered in an aerial cable splicing case. The Eatonville rats had eaten through the cables, causing many customers in Central Florida to lose service for about five hours Tuesday afternoon.
Elik said the rats could also have affected cellphone traffic and Internet services. But the exact number of customers affected was unclear.