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GFI Sunbelt Internet connectivity was lost when a fiber optic line was cut in Clearwater, Fla., near the end of the business day yesterday.

Service provider Time Warner said the line was accidentally cut by a construction crew near the GFI Sunbelt headquarters about 4:50 p.m. Service was restored about 11:10 p.m.

VIPRE definition Version 6827 was issued at 11:17 p.m. (GMT-5)

Alex Eckelberry, general manager of GFI’s Security Business Unit said: “We are currently in the process of reorganizing our data center locations to avoid such an occurrence again.”

Tom Kelchner