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Internet outage... [May. 4th, 2008|06:59 pm]
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Earlier today I wrote "The Internet dropped out at 9 am yesterday and didn't reappear until 3 am this morning.  TPG explained that it was a "third party" problem at St. Mary's exchange."

Here's a possible reason (link)...

Sydney network hit by vandals
May 4, 2008 - 12:50PM

About 5000 western Sydney homes and businesses remain without phone, internet and cable television services after vandals cut a Telstra communications cable.

A team of 30 technicians worked throughout the night to restore services for Telstra customers in the Blacktown area after vandals severed two fibre optic cables about 8am (AEST) on Saturday, Telstra spokesman Warwick Ponder said.

"We've managed to splice some optic fibres this morning, getting about half of the customers back online but there are still thousands of customers without services like phones, Foxtel, internet, businesses without Eftpos and several base stations are still not working for mobiles," Mr Ponder said.

"There's still a lot of work to be done and we'd certainly be hoping to get that finished by the end of today, but it might be a tall order."

Customers in Rooty Hill, Erskine Park, Arndell Park and Shalvey have also been affected by the damage

The article doesn't mention St. Marys but when I rang TPG yesterday I was told there was a similar problem at Shalvey. I have no idea where Shalvey is although http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shalvey,_New_South_Wales indicates that it's part of Mount Druitt which is only two train stations away.