Internet Connectivity…

The recent quake in Hawaii last Sunday, internet connectivity was limited to just a few sites that were accessible. For those outside of Hawaii, trying access Hawaii-based websites was very difficult, partially because of the lack of power available during the day. Regardless, it was near impossible for anyone to find out what was going on over there, save the national news channels who were broadcasting, but often that wasn’t the entire picture either.

The point that I’m trying to make is that without power, those websites that are hosted in Hawaii, were knocked out for hours . Would this issue have even occurred if these sites were cohosted somewhere else outside of Hawaii? Cohosting would have helped to keep websites up because as one of the servers went down, the “secondary” server would kick in and keep the site up. Unfortunately, this issue doesn’t seem to exist in Hawaii and would be hard to convey information out to the public in the event of an emergency.

By Ken Yeung

Ken Yeung is a journalist fascinated with the stories of the tech industry and internet culture. He's currently the Technology Editor at Flipboard, where he observes what's happening in the space while also identifying new topics of interest. In addition, he co-hosts the weekly internet show "The Created Economy," which focuses on what's happening to creators and influencers. Previously, he was a reporter for VentureBeat and The Next Web, covering tech startups, the industry's innovations and funding. Ken also has a newsletter you should also subscribe to called "Filed."