E&P takes a look at the whole ad outsourcing scene of the moment, and it's scarily big. Of course, there's no real compelling reason not to outsource right now, if you're a newspaper owner in the midst of the current miserable economic climate. Except one:
A bizarre incident that occurred early this year off the coast of Egypt affected Internet access throughout the Middle East and Asia: At the end of January, two undersea Internet broadband cables were cut. The disruption slowed or halted Internet activity in a whole swath of countries, including India, Pakistan, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Emirates, and Bahrain.
"The biggest impact to the rest of the world could come from outages across India, where many U.S. companies outsource customer-service call centers and other back-office operations," an AP report warned.