Satellite Goes A Shortin’

A telecommunications satellite orbiting over the Pacific went dark over the weekend, after suffering a catastrophic electrical short. The failure left almost a Pacific nations and Antarctic bases completely cut off from the world; no phones, no fax, no internet. Almost a week later restoration efforts are still haphazard. Here on Guam, the failure left KPRG without their NPR feed. The radio station was assigned a backup satellite to use for the radio link, but the staff is having difficulty acquiring the signal. So no All Things Considered, no Performance Today and no World Cafe. It’s been nothing but reruns and local programming since the weekend, and it is getting pretty tiresome. I shouldn’t complain though, many countries are lacking basic phone service.