A large portion of the East Coast, from D.C. to Boston, was hit with an outage Tuesday and the FCC plans to find out why.
Around 11:00 AM Tuesday, users of multiple companies began reporting outages along the East Coast. Verizon soon announced a fiber line had been cut in Brooklyn. While the company did not say that was responsible for the widespread outage, it no doubt played a significant role. Unfortunately, however, details are still hard to come by.
Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel wants the FCC to get to the bottom of the issue, especially given the widespread impact on remote workers.
We have seen reports of internet-related outages on the East Coast, making it difficult for people to work remotely and go to school online. The @FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau is working to get to the bottom of what is going on.— Jessica Rosenworcel (@JRosenworcel) January 26, 2021
We will continue monitoring and provide updates as more information becomes available.