BRIEF: UPDATE: Cut line disrupts 911 service, Internet use in area [The Bemidji Pioneer, Minn.]
(Bemidji Pioneer (MN) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 22--BEMIDJI -- A cut CenturyLink fiber optic cable has caused some outages in the Bemidji and Cass Lake areas, impacting telephone and Internet use, including emergency 911 service.
The 911 system is not working for CenturyLink customers in the affected areas, Beryl Wernberg, emergency management director with Beltrami County, said Tuesday afternoon, and people should call 333-9111 in case of an emergency.
According to officials, a local power company employee accidentally cut a CenturyLink fiber cable, which caused the outage. Landline phone and Internet CenturyLink customers south of downtown Bemidji and east to the Power Dam area are primarily impacted, as well as some areas around Cass Lake. Cell phone use also may be impacted. Customers of othere telecommunication companies were not impacted by the outage.
CenturyLink technicians are working to restore services, said Michael Weller, area plant supervisor for CenturyLink, in a press release. As of Tuesday afternoon, officials said 75 percent of the service had been restored, but some customers may have to wait until noon Wednesday to have the problem fixed.
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