Internet outage a costly headache, say Whitehorse businesses

Chamber of commerce says construction crews that cut fibre line should be held accountable

By Paul Tukker, CBC News Posted: Aug 02, 2016 5:53 PM CT

“Whitehorse retail business owner Mike Pemberton estimates he lost upwards of $30,000 on Monday, when the territory was without broadband connectivity for most of the day — though he admits it’s hard to know the true cost.

“You never know about the sale you missed,” said Pemberton, who’s also the vice chair of the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce, which represents about 450 businesses.

Yukoners were abruptly cut off from the web Monday morning when a construction crew working in northern B.C. accidentally severed Northwestel’s sole fibre cable into the…”

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