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Comcast and other ISPs experiencing widespread outages (Updated)

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Update 2 (11:45 am PDT): Comcast says that the cause of the outages is a fiber cut at one of its "large backbone network partners," which may have affected other providers as well. "We apologize and are working to get services restored as soon as possible," the company said in a statement on Twitter (opens in new tab).

Update (11 am PDT): The Comcast issues we were experiencing earlier today have been resolved, and the number of downdetector.com reports (opens in new tab) is dropping. It's looking like no long Friday lunch for us. We'll keep an eye on any continuing outages and their cause throughout the day. 

Original story: Comcast customers are reporting widespread internet outages, both to downdetector.com (opens in new tab), which has received over 8,000 reports at the time of writing, and to the Comcast Twitter account (opens in new tab). The company has confirmed (opens in new tab) that it's working to resolve problems.

I am using Comcast, and I am unable to access Twitter, so I had to ask another editor to find that tweet. Other PC Gamer staff members on Comcast are unable to access pcgamer.com, and are reporting problems with Verizon phones as well.

Spectrum, Verizon, and AT&T have also received a spike in reports on downdetector.com (opens in new tab) over the past hour. We'll update this post as we learn more.

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.