FairPoint suffers Internet outage in Maine market

FairPoint Communications' troubles in New England continue as thousands of Maine residential customers were without Internet service earlier this week due to a fire caused by overheated equipment from electric utility Central Maine Power (CMP). The melted equipment fell onto one of FairPoint's fiber cables outside its Portland headquarters causing outages in various parts of the state.

Although FairPoint spokesman Jeff Nevins said it got more than 100 calls reporting Internet outages, phone service was apparently not interrupted. Nevins added that while service was restored by early Tuesday afternoon, the problem in Maine is "widespread but it's sporadic."

At this point, FairPoint did not specify how many of its Internet customers were affected by the outage.

For more:
- CED via AP has this article

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