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Four-Hour Internet Outage Interrupts Campus Activity

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On Monday morning, Internet users on campus and in the surrounding area, experienced Internet outages, according to Apogee.

The outage was caused by an off-campus fiber cut, according to an e-mail Apogee sent to students on Thursday afternoon, and lasted from approximately 7:28 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The cause of this cut has not yet been determined, but fibers are sometimes accidentally cut in construction mishaps, according to Apogee’s Client Services Manager Leah LeVine

The location of the cut has not been confirmed, according to LeVine.
This outage was unique in that it affected everyone on campus, not just students.

Professor Eric Gable of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology said that though it was a disruption, it was not a big deal.

“It’s in the nature of the Internet to have occasional problems,” he said.

Junior Justine Rothbart also thought the problem was not serious.

“I was a little annoyed, but I just wanted to check my e-mail, so it didn’t really affect me,” she said.

Freshman Briana Baldino felt differently.

She said she was frustrated with not being able to check the weather or her Facebook due to the outage.

Professor Michael Bass, who was working on research at the time, said it showed him how dependent we are on the Internet.

Apogee maintains that technical representatives are always available to help troubleshoot Internet problem.

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