Weather and other types of internet
Although satellite internet is the most likely type of internet to go down in bad weather, any type of internet can be affected by weather conditions. Cable, fiber, fixed-wireless, and DSL internet outages can occur anywhere during severe weather conditions or even due to construction.
But while satellite internet signal loss is more likely to occur due to rain or other weather conditions interfering with the signal itself, other types of internet outages usually happen because of equipment and infrastructure failure during storms.
Snow storms can freeze and crack cables, or lines can accidentally get cut during construction or landscaping. Thunderstorms can knock out power lines, phone lines, and servers. All of these issues can wipe out internet service.3,4,5 Luckily, these events are rare, but they still cause internet outages occasionally.
For instance, in Kansas City, Google Fiber service went out during the winter of 2019 for more than two weeks due to a snowstorm that dropped up to 12 inches of snow in two days.3
Additionally, at the beginning of the 2020 school year, the Google Fiber network in Austin, Texas, became overloaded and interrupted remote learning.4 And in Denver, 10,000 Xfinity customers were without internet for days.5 But the good news is that in all cases internet service was restored as soon as possible.