A fiber got cut by a clumsy contractor with a backhoe early Thursday in Parsons, KS which knocked all of rural s.e. Kansas as served by cableone.net off line. This cut included TELECOM Digest. Right now I am working off of our back up modem dial up line using TerraWorld. Cableone is aware of the problem and they estimate it will be six to eight hours in repair. The contractor just shrugged his shoulders and acted like he did not know what he had done. "He'll shrug his shoulders alright when he gets the repair bill, noted a technician from Cableone.net in Phoenix, AZ where the cableone technical center is located. In the meantime, your editor has to limp along with a very slow dial up connection, meaning today's issue of the Digest will be sort of skimpy. You'll get what I had available when the fiber got cut; the rest will sit in the mailox until perhaps later tonight when they estimate repairs will be finished.