Old TV knocked out village’s broadband every day for 18 months

Sept. 22 (UPI) — Engineers investigating why an entire Welsh village lost broadband signal at the same time every day for 18 months said they finally identified the source: an elderly resident’s old TV set.

Openreach, the firm that maintains telephone and broadband Internet infrastructure in Britain, said engineers visited the village of Aberhosan after nearly all of the settlement’s 400 residents reported losing their broadband signal for 18 months every day at 7 a.m.

He said the investigators set out to determine whether electrical interference was to blame.

“We walked up and down the village in the torrential rain at 6 a.m. to see if we could find an electrical noise to support our theory. And at 7 a.m., like clockwork, it happened. Our device picked up a large burst of electrical interference,” engineer Michael Jones said.

Jones said the team traced the interference to a home, where they

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An Old TV Crashed an Entire Village’s Broadband for 18 Months

If your broadband keeps going haywire, maybe someone nearby is using an ancient television set.

News out of the U.K. this week revealed that such an issue knocked out the broadband connections for an entire village for more than a year.

According to Openreach, which operates the nation’s digital network, the broadband connection for the 400 residents of Aberhosan, Wales, would fail every morning at 7 a.m. But no one knew why.

Investigations by engineers showed that the network itself appeared to be working fine, but just to be sure, they decided to replace large parts of the cabling that served the village. But the issue persisted.

“As a team we’d been facing an ongoing issue in Aberhosan for months,” said Openreach engineer Michael Jones. “Not being able to solve the fault for our customers left us feeling frustrated and downbeat, but we were determined to get to the bottom

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