February 11, 2008 By Gina M. Scott
The undersea Internet cables reported severed on January 31st have been repaired, according to Flag Telecom.
The first cable which ran between Alexandria, Egypt and Palermo, Italy was restored a day ahead of schedule on Saturday, February 9th. Repairs on the second cable which ran between Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Al Seeb, Oman were completed Sunday, February10th.
The cable cuts caused severe Internet disruption across much of the Middle East and Asia. Flag reported that a large anchor weighing 5 metric tons (5.5 U.S. tons) severed the cable running from Dubai to Al Seeb. The cut in the Mediterranean is still being investigated.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.