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Internet outages cause disruptions in the U.S.

By Jean Lotus
Internet outages cause disruptions in the U.S.
Internet service gaps frustrated work-at-home and online schoolers across the United States on Tuesday after Verizon and Comcast internet providers observed outages. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Internet outages swept through the eastern United States and in other areas Tuesday morning causing disruption in online email services as well as online work and schooling applications.

The Internet outage website Downdetector showed connection problems at Internet provider Verizon as well as online services Zoom, Slack, Amazon Web Services, YouTube and Google on Tuesday around 10 a.m. EST.

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Verizon's Support Service said on Twitter that a fiber had been cut in Brooklyn, which may have accounted for some of the outage. Some users appeared to have problems with access to Verizon's Fios fiber optic network service.

Most reported Verizon problems on Downdetector were from users in New York City and its boroughs; Baltimore; Alexandria, Va.; Arlington, Va.; Washington, D.C.; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, the website said.

In Virginia, Prince William County Public Schools tweeted that the district was "aware of Internet connection problems with Verizon FIOS impacting students and staff."

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Downdetector also showed provider Comcast was undergoing xfinity web service outages on the East coast, but users in Denver, Portland, Ore., Seattle and Chicago also reported connection problems.

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