[Ta Kung Pao] according to CNN, a large-scale network outage occurred in the northeast of the United States at noon on the 26th, lasting for several hours. There are about 6.5 million optical fiber Internet users in the United States. Many places in the capital, such as Washington and Boston, have reported network failures. Amazon, Google, zoom and other large scientific and technological enterprises have also been affected. Telecom operators denied that the failure was related to the cut-off of optical fiber, and the cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Verizon, the US internet service provider, said in a statement that afternoon that the problems affecting the optical fiber service network in the whole northeast region had been solved and the network was “returning to normal”;. The company has cooperated with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the cause of the accident, denying that the network service failure is related to the cut-off of a fiber in Brooklyn, New York.
Kentik, a network monitoring company, pointed out that the network outage on the east bank started at 11:25 a.m. and began to recover at 12:37 p.m. He reported a 12% drop in traffic to Verizon. Comcast, another telecom company, said it did not find any problems with its network on the 26th.
According to twitter, people from Washington to Boston have problems connecting to a variety of online services. The northeast of the United States is not only densely populated, but also includes major government service agencies and large financial companies such as Fidelity Investment Group. In addition, the accident also brought troubles to a large number of employees and students who worked and studied far away during the epidemic period.