Importance of Redundancy

This article caught my eye today (Phone, Internet service restored in Silicon Valley after cables are severed). The quick take is that fiber was cut to Silicon Valley leaving thousands of people without service. Cables were cut in neighboring San Carlos too.

It sounds as if the fiber was cut Thursday morning and that most people were back online Thursday night. But both landlines and cell service were effected – leaving some people truly off the grid for a day. (No 911 services!)

Redundancy isn’t a very hot topic – until you realize you don’t have it. I know that on the Minnesota Ultra High-Speed Task Force that Gopal Khanna (Commissioner at OET) has mentioned his concern for security issues. I’m glad he’s on it.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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