A cut cable causes Virginia voter website to crash on final day of registration for election

Virginia’s voter registration website went down on Tuesday, the final day for people in the state to register ahead of Election Day. As of early Tuesday afternoon, the website was still not working. 

“Due to a network outage, the Citizen Portal is temporarily unavailable,” the Virginia Department of Elections wrote on its site Tuesday morning. 

Officials said on Twitter that a “fiber cut” in Chester, near the Commonwealth Enterprise Solutions Center, impacted connectivity for multiple state agencies. The cut cable, which appeared to be an accident, affected both the voting portal and the registrar’s offices. 

“We are working with our network providers to restore service as quickly as possible,” the department said. “Please check back later for your online voter registration or absentee needs.”

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Voters looking to register were directed to this statement from the Virginia Department of Elections during the outage on October 13, 2020.

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The department said it would provide updates via Twitter

The website currently directs voters to fill out and print a paper application for voter registration and a paper application for voting by mail. 

When asked for comment by CBS News, the Virginia Department of Elections said the department is still working to fix the outage. No further updates were provided. 

Angry voters are taking to social media to demand a deadline extension, calling the outage “voter suppression.” Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax called on the state to extend the voter registration deadline due to the outage. 

“I am officially calling for Virginia’s Registration Deadline to be extended beyond today due to the service outages impacting voters’ ability to register statewide,” Fairfax tweeted. “We will work with the Administration to resolve this issue and ensure all voters have access to #Vote.”

Comcast Demos Blistering 1.2Gbps Symmetrical Residential Cable Internet Speeds

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Comcast announced that it has managed to deliver 1.25 Gig symmetrical speeds over a hybrid fiber-coax network. The company claims that this is a “10G technical milestone” on the path to future upgrades for consumer internet connections.

In Jacksonville, Florida, technicians for Comcast deployed a system that delivers 1.25Gbps over existing cable lines. They used technologies such as “digital fiber optics, Remote PHY digital nodes, and a cloud-based, virtualized cable modem termination system platform (vCMTS),” which gives the network its power.

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According to Tony Werner, President of Technology, Product, and Xperience at Comcast Cable, “Our customers build their digital lives on the foundation of our Internet service, so we continue to push the technological envelope to anticipate their future needs.” He then states that this technology they are building will allow Comcast to push the envelope without digging up yards or starting construction projects. Furthermore, this technology can come to everyone in the future, “not just a select few.”

This sort of development for existing cable infrastructure is a necessity in modern times. Not only does Comcast have to improve networks for higher usage due to COVID-19, but it will also have more competition in the future. If Elon Musk’s Starlink fully launches with his goal of 1Gbps, all ISPs will compete for sales. Right now, Starlink is only on a 60Mbps beta, but it could expand as soon as Musk gets more satellites in the sky.

While there is no mention of cost for the 1.25Gig cable, one could guess it would come in below fiber optic because it is cheaper to use existing infrastructure. If you want to learn more about Comcast’s advancements toward 10Gig, you can do so at the Cable-Tech Expo next week, where Comcast will be presenting.

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Cable Clamps Market | Growth of Construction Industry to Boost the Market Growth

The global cable clamps market size is poised to grow by USD 6.49 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 7% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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I&B Ministry to private channels: Stick to the programming code of Cable TV Act

The Information & Broadcasting Ministry has asked private TV channels to broadcast content strictly adhering to the Programme and Advertising Codes prescribed under the Cable TV Act.

In its advisory, the Ministry stressed on the provisions in the Programming Code that states that no “programme should contain anything obscene, defamatory, deliberate, false, suggestive innuendos and half-truths.”

In addition, it stated that the Code prescribes that no programme should “criticise, malign or slander any individual in person or certain groups, segments of social, public or moral life of the country.”

This advisory comes at a time when serious concerns have been raised about what is termed the rising toxicity in content aired by news channels.

The advisory by the Information & Broadcasting Ministry also noted the recent observations of the Delhi High Court in the matter of Rakul Preet Singh Vs Union of India. In its September 17, order, the Court had said, “As far as the prayer for further interim relief made in the application by the petitioner, it is hoped that media houses and television channels would show restraint in reporting and abide by the provisions of the programme code as also the various guidelines, both statutory and self-regulatory, while making any report in relation to the petitioner.”

The Ministry’s advisory has been sent to various broadcasters and industry associations including the News Broadcasters Association, the Indian Broadcasting Foundation, and the Association of Regional Television Broadcaster of India. The Ministry has asked broadcasters to ensure compliance of the directions.

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High-voltage Power Cable Market Will Showcase Negative Impact During 2020-2024 | Development of Smart Grids to Boost the Market Growth

Technavio has been monitoring the high-voltage power cable market and it is poised to grow by USD 13.63 bn during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. Belden Inc., Brugg Kabel AG, Encore Wire Corp., Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd., KEI Industries Ltd., Leoni AG, Nexans SA, NKT AS, Prysmian Spa, and Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. are some of the major market participants. To make the most of the opportunities, market vendors should focus more on the growth prospects in the fast-growing segments, while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.

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