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KU gets new safeguard fiber cable

The University of Kansas has taken steps to prevent a crippling internet outage similar to the one that occurred in 2016.

University spokeswoman Mary Walsh says the school recently installed a third fiber optic cable on campus. This Should allow the university to have access to the internet even if one, or both of the other lines fails.

In 2016, a construction crew accidentally cut both of the university’s fiber internet cables. The Accident cut internet services to the University of Kansas in Lawrence and Overland Park, websites hosting online classes, and to state testing for thousands of K-12 students in more than a dozen states.

The two cables cut in 2016 were located right next to each other. The new, third cable is located on a different part of the Lawrence campus.

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