Could You Last 11 Days Without the Internet? Tonga Finds Out the Hard Way


By Daniel Victor / Jan. 31, 2019 / NYTimes


Ezinet, a local satellite internet provider with speeds comparable to dial-up, has been able to offer some connectivity, but not enough for all. And with precious little bandwidth available, officials have blocked sites like Facebook and YouTube so that essential services can squeeze through.

Long lines have formed for brief rations of internet access at the headquarters of the Tonga Communications Corporation, the national internet service provider.

Tony Matthias, the owner of a tour company and guesthouse, said he had been waiting in the line twice a day, often for several hours, because responding to potential customers is essential for keeping his business afloat.