Viasat primary & backup cables cut in Ontario train derailment; 2nd derailment in same place delays repairs for 4 days

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Accidental cutting of land and submarine cable lines is often cited by satellite operators as a reason to maintain satellite service.

Viasat Inc. satellite broadband subscribers discovered on Sept. 23 were reminded that satellite networks are not immune, either.

In Viasat’s case, a Canadian Pacific Railway train derailment in McDougall, Ontario, at 9 a.m. Sept. 23 due to bad weather, cutting services to what Viasat said were about 16,000 subscribers in the Northeast and North Central United States.

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