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(S.D.)-Severed Cable Causes Outage in Black Hills

By: Chris Fankhauser Posted at: 06/28/2011 08:15 AM

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - An electrical company worker cut a fiber optic line and telephone line in western South Dakota, disrupting phone and Internet service for thousands of people in the Black Hills region on Monday.

     People in Rapid Valley also lost their ability to dial 911, though Qwest spokesman Karl Bieber says that problem was fixed by midafternoon.

     Qwest crews installed a temporary fiber optic line and plan a permanent fix later.

     State regulators say the incident will be investigated.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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