Anchor slices 3 underwater cables
It’s easy to forget that the internet isn’t just nebulous thing you connect to with your computer. It’s also a physical system of wires that stretch every which way, some of which travel under the ocean. That’s a point of weakness as recently illustrated when three of these cables were cut by a poorly-dropped anchor. Not for the first time, and probably not for the last.
The affected cables run along the seabed in the English Channel and serve the Channel Islands. According to the BBC, the two companies that jointly own the cables have taken to fixing it, but the process could take up to three weeks.
It would take a whole lot of bad luck to drop anchor directly on top of a submarine cable on three separate occasions, so the more likely explanation is that the ship was dragging its anchor along the channel’s floor, scraping an off-limits area where multiple cables run. There is still a connection left, but it requires all data from the islands to be pushed through a single cable that routes everything through France, which is leaving folks on the affected islands dealing with serious slowdowns.
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