Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Landslide in Curry County - from the Curry Coastal Pilot

Coos slide knocks out some phone services

Written by Charles Kocher, Pilot staff writer May 03, 2011 11:06 am

A landslide in Coos County destroyed two miles of Frontier Communications fiber optic line late Monday night, interrupting some long distance and cellular services as far south as Brookings.

The Frontier cable was cut about 9:30 p.m. by the slide along Highway 42, east of Coos Bay, but there are no highway traffic alerts for that area.

Frontier officials said crews have been working all night to string a temporary line, and expect repairs to be completed by mid-day Tuesday.

Local phone, high speed internet and emergency services are not impacted. Both Frontier and the Curry County Sheriff's Office said 911 calls were not being affected by the outage.

Cell services were interrupted, the company explained, because some cell services are routed from their towers into the fiber optic network.

Watch for a complete report in the Wednesday, May 4, edition of the Curry Coastal Pilot.