Communications

Severed fiber optic cable caused outage to several state agencies

OLYMPIA – Several state agencies experienced outages to their telephones and networks when a construction crew severed a fiber optic cable in Olympia on Saturday afternoon. “At this time, our network and telephony services are operational, and we don’t anticipate any further IT impacts to our state agencies’ operations,” said

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The 10 ways life would be different without broadband

Most of us think of the internet as existing “virtually,” yet cyberspace requires a physical infrastructure that is mostly hidden from view. And it requires workers to go under city streets to tie things together. They run fiber-optic cables—incredibly thin strands of glass that carry the super-fast data signals providing high-speed internet,

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Six tips for starting a safety committee

As a member of two safety and health committees, Jordan Hollingsworth understands their value. “Maybe you’re not the decision-maker, but you might have a great idea, and you might be able to bring it to the table,” said Hollingsworth, field operations manager for the Indianapolis-based Safety Management Group. “Then that

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In the Trenches with Fiber Connectivity

Due to the data boom in recent decades, microtrenching, also known as ‘shallow trenching,’ has been gaining traction with urban utilities when it comes to installing fiber optic cable in high traffic areas. As more and more companies, homes, educational institutions, and government agencies demand a broadband network in compact

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Chile watchdog proposes new critical telecom infrastructure rules

Chilean telecommunications watchdog Subtel announced the launch of a public consultation on a proposal to update critical infrastructure rules to include emerging technologies such as fibre optics. In a statement, the regulator said the new rules would govern the reporting of faults in the country’s telecommunications networks and early warning

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