Unlike electricity, voice and data outage totals can be tricky to determine

Unlike electricity, voice and data outage totals can be tricky to determine

David Brooks | Concord Monitor

When a damaging windstorm raced through New Hampshire right before Halloween, lots of information was quickly available about what had happened to our electricity supply.

There were live reports of a number of outages, expected times for reconnections, even some interactive maps showing power loss by town, all visible on your cellphone.

That’s assuming your cellphone service worked, of course.

There’s no easy way to know how many people lost internet connection during the storm.

That’s a paradox of our ever-more connected life: In some ways it’s harder to know today how storms have affected communication than it was in the days of Ma Bell and telephones connected to the wall… (Read the full story)

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