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Hardware issue blamed for wireless and Internet outage in Southeast

Matt Hamblen | Aug. 6, 2015
A cell phone and Internet outage Tuesday evening in several Southeastern states was caused by a hardware problem, AT&T reported.

"What's surprising is that there wasn't redundancy built in," said Roger Entner, an analyst at Recon Analytics. "The only thing you can do [to protect against outages] is build in redundancy, and that's usually done in more populated areas of the country."

He added, "Reports indicate that the breakdown happened at a bottleneck and there are fewer and fewer of these nationally. There's really not anything you can do other than redundancy to defend against a cable cut, sabotage or other causes."


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