Of course, local readers know this already by now. But when it happened, many did not and there was no way to let people know. Some radio stations made mention of  the failure, but had little information to go on. Apparently,  some contractor, possibly with a backhoe, broke the line (that used to be the fanciful example we used for what could happen). I really think at&t has an obligation to release information to the public immediately so that radio stations and others who can still communicate can spread the word.

I had newspapers, radio stations and clients calling our office to find out what was going on. Obviously, I had no information. Fortunately, for our  web hosting clients our servers reside outside the area, so even though our local clients  couldn’t reach their own web sites, the rest of the world could.