The Chaos Wrought By One Cut Cable

All it took was a confused AT&T worker with a pair of wire-cutters to cripple New York City's communications with the outside world. On Jan. 4, the accidental severing of a thumb-thick cable in Newark, N. J., knocked out more than 100,000 two-way circuits in and out of Manhattan. The outage snarled traffic at airports up and down the East Coast and temporarily shut New York commodities exchanges.

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