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Fiber optic cable break knocks out Vermont state websites

August 8, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Officials say Vermont’s internet sites are becoming available to the public again after a break in a fiber optic cable made them inaccessible.

A break occurred around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Essex area.

Maura Mahoney, of FirstLight, the state’s internet service provider, said crews were working to restore the break. She said she didn’t know how the line was broken.

John Quinn, the secretary of Vermont’s Agency of Digital Services, said all of the state’s computer systems were working fine, but there was no way to access them.

Quinn said Wednesday afternoon that access to the sites was starting to return. He said there is supposed to be a redundant network in the case of breaks and an investigation will work to determine why that failed to continue service.

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