Gunplay blamed for Internet slowdown

Internet service providers in the U.S. experienced a service slowdown Monday after fiber-optic cables near Cleveland were apparently sabotaged by gunfire. TeliaSonera AB, which lost the northern leg of its U.S. network to the cut, said that the outage began around 7 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday night. The damage affected a large span of cable, more than two-thirds of a mile long, near Cleveland, TeliaSonera said. A source familiar with the situation said the lines are owned by Level 3 Communications Incorporated. Cogent Communications Incorporated warned that some customers may be experiencing disruptions because network lines had been cut somewhere between Montville, Ohio, and Cleveland. According to Keynote Systems Incorporated's Internet Pulse Report, Cogent was experiencing significant latency problems on Monday.

News source: InfoWorld

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So ... what I want to know and do not see any indication of in the article ... how did GUNPLAY have anything to do with anything. And how on earth could it affect a 2/3 mile-long stretch of it?

Did all the gangstas in Cleveland come out and pop a cap into the cable?

I was told it was a backhoe (the usual).

oh good greif... we spent most of yesterday trouble shooting why our connection which goes through that network was so slow.... we thought something was wrong on our end because our provider NEVER called us to tell us what was up... we pay for that type of stuff... just they never seem to tell us when something is wrong or being worked on...

I live in Cleveland and didnt notice anything or hear anything about it. Perhaps that explains why my Bioshock Demo download was so slow today :P