Communication outage affects city offices

Friday, May 21, 2010 | 11:55 a.m. CDT; updated 12:02 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 21, 2010

COLUMBIA — A construction accident in the historic Daniel Boone City Building caused a communications outage Friday morning in six city government buildings downtown.

A fiber-optic cable was severed during construction in the basement of the building, according to a news release from the city.

Buildings without phone service and Internet included the Armory Sports Center, fire administration offices and the Wabash Station. Buildings with phone service but no Internet included the Police Department, the Joint Communications Center, the Office of Emergency Management, the Gentry Building and the Howard Municipal Building.

Public Communications officer Renee Graham said that 911 calls were not affected. For bus services, including Para-Transit service, customers were asked to call 817-6465.

Graham said late this morning she did not know when service would be restored.




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