TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Fiber-Optics Cut Affects Sprint Service

Fiber-Optics Cut Affects Sprint Service

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 10 Jan 2006 02:32:44 -0500

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Sprint Nextel Corp.'s wireless, long-distance
and Internet customers along the West Coast were without service for
several hours Monday after a fiber-optic cable was cut west of

The problem was compounded by network repairs near Reno, Nev., that
had forced the company to route calls from that region through the
Phoenix lines, spokesman John Taylor said.

Taylor said both cables were repaired by 7 p.m. EST, and that service
had been restored in the affected areas. He said he didn't know how
many customers nationwide had lost service.

The cable cut, between Phoenix and Palm Springs, Calif., happened
about 3:30 p.m. EST, Taylor said, but he said company officials
didn't know yet what caused it.


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