Zimbabwe Goes Offline
Posted on Sep 20, 2006
Web surfers in Zimbabwe got a rude surprise today when an international satellite firm basically shut down the country’s Internet access after the government failed to pay a $700,000 bill. More. (Via boingboing.net)
Government-owned TelOne, which owns the country’s main satellite Internet link, said satellite firm Intelsat had cut its international bandwidth because it failed to pay the $700,000 fee.
“The link is slow because they reduced the megabits on our satellite link until the payment is made,” TelOne spokesman Phill Chingwaru told Reuters on Wednesday.