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Friday, July 11, 2014

Construction cuts cable in Boston, knocks NH Public TV off air

New Hampshire Public Television was knocked off the air and off cable networks in some areas for a couple of hours Friday when fiber-optic cables were cut by construction in Boston.

Because the station’s master controller equipment is in Boston, the cut affected virtually all broadcast ability. ...

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New Hampshire Public Television was knocked off the air and off cable networks in some areas for a couple of hours Friday when fiber-optic cables were cut by construction in Boston.

Because the station’s master controller equipment is in Boston, the cut affected virtually all broadcast ability.

“This is something that’s totally out of our control,” said Grace Lessner, director of communications for the Durham-based station.

The cut happened late Friday morning and had been fixed in a temporary manner by 1:30 p.m., with a permanent repair expected by 6 p.m., Lessner said.

“This is the second time in the past couple of months that there has been a problem,” she said, adding that NHPTV is working to avoid the issue.

“What we’re looking to do in the future is eliminate circuits and have a different path,” she said.

– Telegraph staff