April McCullum Burlington Free Press Published 7:26 p.m. UTC Aug 8, 2018 Vermont state government websites were inaccessible for nearly six hours Wednesday as leaders wrestled with an internet service outage that affected the majority of state offices. John Quinn, Vermont secretary of digital services, said he was notified of the outage at about 9:30 a.m. Internet service returned shortly after 3 p.m. Quinn said the problem lay with the state’s internet service provider, FirstLight. “We’ve pinpointed the problem to our vendor, which is FirstLight,” Quinn said. “Apparently, there is a piece of broken fiber that’s causing a bigger outage than just us.” The websites for the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, the Secretary of State’s Office, the Governor’s Office, the Legislature and the Attorney General’s Office were inaccessible during the outage. Quinn said some state offices, such as Department of Motor Vehicles locations, may have been unable to serve the public normally because of the lack of internet connectivity. “There’s a number of state systems that our users use to conduct their daily business, whether it’s email to collaborate back and forth with peers or to provide licenses to citizens or check benefits or eligibility,” Quinn said. Quinn said employees were unable to access email using the state network at their desks, but could access it on their phones. Contact April McCullum at 802-660-1863 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @April_McCullum.