AT&T, CenturyLink phone service restored
Phone service was restored to AT&T and CenturyLink customers in
Dickinson and Belfield after they lost service for six hours when a
contractor severed an underground fiber line.
CenturyLink Communications spokesperson Carrie Amann said a contractor
was digging around 8 p.m. Thursday when they cut through a fiber cable
because contractor did not locate the underground power lines prior to
Police alerted the media to the outage Thursday night because AT&T and CenturyLink phone customers were not able to make emergency 911 phone calls.
Service was restored around 2 a.m. Friday.
Amann said people cutting through underground utility lines is
growing problem nationwide, and suggested that people call 811 to locate
underground utilities lines before they start any digging.
AT&T has not confirmed that any of their customers lost service, but
Amann said it is possible that the companies could ride the same line.