From blackouts to bytesout in Venezuela

October 28, 2008

After three large scale blackouts in the country so far in 2008, today Venezuela had a huge bytesout when apparently an optical fiber was cut by an excavator. The country was left with no connection to the Internet outside of Venezuela due to this and about four hours after it occurred the Minister of Telecommunications proudly reported that 80% of the service had been reestablished.

This all goes well with the revolution’s slogan “A paso de vencedores” (At the pace of winners), except they seem to do it all backwards…

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