Cable Break Sends China Back to Pre-Internet Age On Tuesday, an earthquake off the coast of Taiwan damaged undersea fiber optic cables, causing widespread Internet and phone outages. Lack of access to the Web has forced people in China to contemplate what life was like before global connectivity.
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Cable Break Sends China Back to Pre-Internet Age

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Cable Break Sends China Back to Pre-Internet Age

Cable Break Sends China Back to Pre-Internet Age

Cable Break Sends China Back to Pre-Internet Age

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On Tuesday, an earthquake off the coast of Taiwan damaged undersea fiber optic cables, causing widespread Internet and phone outages. Lack of access to the Web has forced people in China to contemplate what life was like before global connectivity.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

At least eight ships are heading toward Taiwan Strait to try to reconnect underwater cables severed by an earthquake. The damaged cables have cut off from the rest of the world Internet users in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, including NPR's Louisa Lim.

LOUISA LIM: Louisa Lim, NPR News, Shanghai.

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MONTAGNE: This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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