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Vermont websites go dark briefly after ‘animal inflicted chews’ to fiber

August 9, 2018

Vermont residents temporarily lost access to most of their state government’s websites on Wednesday during a brief outage that the state’s internet service provider attributed to damage to a segment of fiber optic cable near Essex, in the northeastern part of the state.

Shortly after 9 a.m., the websites operated by the Vermont State Police, the Department of Motor Vehicles, Vermont Health Connect and other agencies became inaccessible.

The state’s internet service provider, FirstLight attributed the outage to damage ranging from downed cables to “animal-inflicted chews.” The company said service had largely been restored by 3:30 p.m.

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