by HWJ staff
WALSENBURG — A fiber optic line cut Monday caused most residents of the Spanish Peaks area and some as far away as the San Luis Valley to be without long distance telephone and internet services for much of the day.
CenturyLink issued a statement late Monday that said an inadvertent line cut at about 10:45 am between Pueblo and Colorado Springs caused service outages of long distance telephone, cell phones and Internet south into the Walsenburg and SLV regions.
“Public safety is our top priority and our technicians were on-site working to restore service as quickly as possible,” a spokesman for the company said. Officials said 911 service was not affected by the outage.
Verizon customers in the region also said their cellular phone service was affected by the outage. Most areas were back in full operation by 6 pm Monday.
CenturyLink provides broadband, voice and wireless services nationwide, including the southern Colorado region.
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