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Wireless networks, Internet connections keep working during blackout

Even though lights went out Thursday throughout much of the Northeast, wireless networks and Internet connections provided relatively reliable ways to communicate for companies with backup strategies and people with battery-charged cell phones and laptops. Several large telecommunications providers, including the company that supports the vast majority of Internet traffic worldwide, said they immediately switched to backup generators on the East Coast and could continue doing so for several days. “We lost all utility power out there, but we immediately went to battery power for a few seconds, at which point all of our major generators kicked in,” said Margie Backaus, chief business officer of Foster City, Calif.-based Equinix, which operates Internet Business Exchange centers that serve more than 90 percent of the world’s Internet routes. Equinix runs three data centers in New Jersey, each of which lost power, but they “operated normally, and it was totally seamless to customers,” Backaus said. “They’ve had no disruptions whatsoever.” Full Story

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