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October 12, 2013

Saturday Internet outage an intentional act

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Because what these particular hypothetical thieves apparently didn’t realize, explained Peters, is that fiber optics contain no copper wire. It contains fibers, like one long string, made from clear plastic.

One mom said she couldn't use her EBT supplemental food card while on a shopping trip even outside of Ottumwa. Though some businesses do use Internet or phone service to transmit financial information, the problem this mom had with EBT cards appears to have been from a coincidentally timed but unrelated computer problem. According to the Associated Press, "people in Ohio, Michigan and 15 other states" were unable to use the debit-type cards used in the supplemental nutrition program some families depend on for part of their shopping. In southeast Iowa, shoppers couldn't decide whether the problem was the Internet crash or the federal shutdown. Turns out it was neither. Though it now appears that the 17 state problem was not due to an outage in Iowa, U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Courtney Rowe told the Associated Press that the outage is not related to the government shutdown. It was a software glitch, which had been partially repaired by Saturday evening, she said.

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