Construction workers laying a new sewer line in Las Vegas accidentally cut fiber and copper cables owned by Embarq, triggering a network outage Wednesday morning that affected at least 60,000 customers. The problem probably will result in lingering service disruptions for the next day or so. Long-distance, local landline, Internet and mobile service for the eastern area of Las Vegas and other areas of Southern Nevada, where Embarq is the dominant carrier, have been affected. Reportedly, 911 emergency calls were not disrupted, but many government offices, including police stations, were affected. Embarq is in the process of being acquired by fellow independent telco CenturyTel.
- The Las Vegas Review Journal has coverage
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