Broadband outages are not unusual these days since almost everyone is staying at home and use the internet. However, what if an entire village loses its broadband signal every morning for 18 months? 

Experts Solve A Mysterious 18-Month Broadband Outage After Discovering an  Old TV Causes the Problem
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CHIANG RAI, THAILAND - JULY 10: A television set broadcasting rescue efforts at a local shop near hospital Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 10, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Divers began an effort to free the 12 boys and their soccer coach on Sunday morning after they were found alive in the cave at northern Thailand. Videos released by the Thai Navy SEAL shows the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach are in good health in Tham Luang Nang Non cave and the challenge now will be to extract the party safely.

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The mystery was solved by experts after discovering that an old television was to blame. An anonymous householder in Alberhosan, Powys, said that he was unaware that his old television set's signal would cause big trouble, interfering with the entire village's broadband.

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The internet outage happened for 18 months after a cable replacement program failed to fix the issue. The Openreach engineers were baffled by the continuous, forcing them to conduct an investigation. 

The experts used a monitoring device and found out the root of the problem was an Old TV. The owner was embarrassed and promised not to use the television again. 

Openreach's engineers explained that the householder would turn on the TV set at 7:00 a.m. every morning. The electrical interference emitted by the second-hand television would affect the broadband signal, thus causing the outage. 

The broadband provider said that the owner didn't want to be identified because he was "mortified" to find out that their old television was causing the problem. 

"They immediately agreed to switch it off and not use it again," said Michael Jones, one of the engineers.  

Other causes of Internet Outages

According to Fastmetrics' report, there are several reasons why there is an internet outage. The most common issue is network congestion, which happens when many people are accessing the internet all at once in a specific area. 

Experts Solve A Mysterious 18-Month Broadband Outage After Discovering an  Old TV Causes the Problem
(Photo : Photo by Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)
CHIANG RAI, THAILAND - JULY 10: A television set broadcasting rescue efforts at a local shop near hospital Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital on July 10, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Divers began an effort to free the 12 boys and their soccer coach on Sunday morning after they were found alive in the cave at northern Thailand. Videos released by the Thai Navy SEAL shows the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach are in good health in Tham Luang Nang Non cave and the challenge now will be to extract the party safely.

Internet interference could also happen when the link between your device and the server is interrupted, preventing you from connecting. Storms, downed wires, and animals could be the reasons for it. Another one is "operation error," which is usually caused by the internet's wrong installation. 

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