Construction Clips Phone Service to Murray Customers

Construction Clips Phone Service to Murray Customers

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Construction workers trenching to install high-speed fiber optic network cables in Murray severed a phone line Tuesday knocking out service for thousands of customers in the city.

Qwest spokesman Vince Hancock said the company was unsure how long it will take to restore the service.

"We're talking about thousands and thousands of customers," Hancock said. "I don't know when it will be fixed."

The clipped line means landline phones will have no dial tone and no 9-1-1 service, Hancock said.

"But cell service is not affected," he said.

Customers in need of emergency services from police or other public safety entities will have to use a cell phone, he added.

The line was cut near 5600 South and State Street, where workers were digging to install cable for UTOPIA, the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency -- a quick, fiber-optic network that will bring households direct access to Internet, telephone and television service.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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