A cable (perhaps several) cut by one or more ships anchored off Egypt in the Mediterranean has reduced Internet access in to India and other countries in the Middle East to a crawl. The quote in the article from the Register says the services may be out for 10-15 days. With so much work being outsourced to places like India, this could really cause some havoc. We have connections with a company in India and we haven’t heard from them in 2 days. Fortunately, the work isn’t crucial or too time sensitive.
It’s just another reminder that stuff happens and we need to do everything we can locally to protect our stuff from the stuff that happens. More and more of our economy, education, government services, and health care are becoming dependent on reliable broadband service and connections to the world.