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FCC'S acting chair says agency reviewing reports of U.S. East Coast internet outages

FILE PHOTO: Jessica Rosenworcel testifies during an oversight hearing held by the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee to examine the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in Washington, U.S. June 24, 2020. Alex Wong/Pool via REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The acting Federal Communications Commission chair said the telecommunications regulator is reviewing reports of internet-related outages on the U.S. East Coast on Tuesday that made it difficult for some people to work or to go to online school.

Jessica Rosenworcel said on Twitter the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau “is working to get to the bottom of what is going on.”

Verizon spokesman Rich Young said “an internet issue impacting the quality of our Fios service throughout the Northeast has been resolved, and network performance and service levels are returning to normal. We are working to identify the root cause.”

He added there was an “unrelated fiber cut in Brooklyn, N.Y. impacting a small number of local Fios customers there. We have technicians on the scene and are working to quickly restore service.”

Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Franklin Paul and Sonya Hepinstall