Kansas University adds internet upgrade to avoid another massive outage

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 cable to campus.  That will allow the university to have access to the internet if one of the other lines fails.

In 2016, a construction crew accidentally cut both of the university’s fiber internet cables.  That 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 Lawrence Journal-World reports the two cables cut in 2016 were next to each other.  The new, third cable is located on a different part of the Lawrence campus.

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