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Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

03/27/2015 7:02 PM 0

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in ......

A Washington state ferry passes through a channel in the San Juan islands and in view of Mount Baker Thursday, March 26, 2015, near Friday Harbor, Wash. People on San Juan island lost Internet and phone service for 10 days there in 2013. Other regions around the country also have fallen dark in recent years, sometimes for days at a time, because of failures or accidents affecting the nation’s broadband infrastructure. The failures have revealed vulnerabilities in the backbone of the nation’s high-speed Internet highway, which often lacks the detour routes necessary to quickly restore service when outages occur outside of major cities. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Show/Hide caption

A Washington state ferry passes through a channel in the San Juan islands and in view of Mount Baker Thursday, March 26, 2015, near Friday Harbor, Wash. People on San Juan island lost Internet and phone service for 10 days there in 2013. Other regions around the country also have fallen dark in recent years, sometimes for days at a time, because of failures or accidents affecting the nation’s broadband infrastructure. The failures have revealed vulnerabilities in the backbone of the nation’s high-speed Internet highway, which often lacks the detour routes necessary to quickly restore service when outages occur outside of major cities. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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