Internet, Landline and Cell Service in Bitterroot Valley Restored

Internet, Landline and Cell Service in Bitterroot Valley Restored

David Erickson & Perry Backus | Ravalli Republic

A damaged fiber optic cable in the Bitterroot Valley cut off landline, cellphone and internet service throughout the area for several hours Tuesday, including 911 emergency service.

John Bemis, a spokesman for CenturyLink, said he has been notified that a fiber optic cable was accidentally cut near Stevensville on Tuesday around noon.

“It was cut by a third party,” he said. “We do have crews dispatched to repair it.”

Service began to return shortly after 2 p.m.

Bemis said it was too early to tell how many customers were affected.

Ravalli County Emergency Management Director Erik Hoover said the disruption in service temporarily shut down the county’s 911 service…(Read the full story)

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