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Headline: Internet Out in India, Middle East

India and countries across the Middle East are experiencing severe internet outages and slowdowns, after two undersea cables off the coast of Egypt were damaged. India's lucrative outsourcing industry is being hit hard, and companies that serve the East Coast of the US and Britain have been impacted the most.

Many multinational companies outsource customer service operations, research, and development, and back office work to India. These operations obviously rely on the internet. Phone and television service have also been hit. The outage may strike a blow to India's stock exchanges.

Traffic is being rerouted to satellites and other cables. Officials say it could take a week or more to fix the cables, one of which stretches from Alexandria, Egypt to Palermo, Italy. The outage reveals how literally interdependent and connected our globalized world has become. The internet has become the essential business tool, and many basic operations cannot move forward without a reliable connection.

How long could you function without the internet?

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BRANDYNICOLE730 BRANDYNICOLE730 8 years
Agreed Kissmesteph! That's how all the tax cuts for the rich and the corporations don't trickle down. They rather invest their money in the "work for nothing" employees in other countries. And by invest I mean, don't pay them crap, and give themselves giant bonuses! I mean GIANT BONUSES!
kissmesteph kissmesteph 8 years
I don't know what I'd do without the internet. But this is kind of interesting because I think it's important that we stop outsourcing so many things to India. I think that we need to be supporting our own economy and providing jobs for the unemployed people at home instead of outsourcing overseas simply because it's more cost effective.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
OMG! I hadn't heard this! If my internet went down... oh, I can't even finish that statement. I don't want to even consider the possibility.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 8 years
I love being on the internet, chatting here and catching up on current events and such, and Facebook-ing and IMing my friends. Right now I'm kinda going through a similar situation as the internet in my residence hall isn't working. So I'm in a friend's room, her room is separate from the rest of us, so her internet is working and I'm on her roommate's ethernet. I just need advice from my high school friends for drama that's always going on and its just easier to IM them because calling them all the time will use up minutes on my cell phone very quickly. I find that I need the internet much more when I'm here at school, but when I'm at home, I could go a few days without it. But the more important issue is that the people who need help won't be getting it because the computers are down. Customer service is hardly acceptable as is, much less now with the computers down.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 8 years
I love being on the internet, chatting here and catching up on current events and such, and Facebook-ing and IMing my friends. Right now I'm kinda going through a similar situation as the internet in my residence hall isn't working. So I'm in a friend's room, her room is separate from the rest of us, so her internet is working and I'm on her roommate's ethernet. I just need advice from my high school friends for drama that's always going on and its just easier to IM them because calling them all the time will use up minutes on my cell phone very quickly. I find that I need the internet much more when I'm here at school, but when I'm at home, I could go a few days without it.But the more important issue is that the people who need help won't be getting it because the computers are down. Customer service is hardly acceptable as is, much less now with the computers down.
BRANDYNICOLE730 BRANDYNICOLE730 8 years
Uh oh, customer service may suffer
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
I could go a week and then I would hook up a typewriter to my television and pretend I was watching You Tube.
fitgirlFL fitgirlFL 8 years
I rely on the internet to do my job. I couldn't get by without it. I would be in serious trouble if that happened here.
blondie01 blondie01 8 years
As much as I love the internet, I wish we never had it. The internet is so impersonal and has made things extremely anti-social.
blondie01 blondie01 8 years
As much as I love the internet, I wish we never had it. The internet is so impersonal and has made things extremely anti-social.
Angelica Angelica 8 years
I don't know what I'd do with myself. That must be really hard for business and personal communication.
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