CenturyLink long distance service restored

Long-distance telephone service through CenturyLink has been restored following a morning of spotty outages and slow service.

CenturyLink spokesman Karl Bieber says technicians are still trying to determine exactly what caused the computer-based problems, but that it appears related to power outages cause by an ice storm north of Harrison.

Bieber says only some trunk lines were affected, some of those more than others and some sporadically. In some cases, repeated attempts to make long-distance calls were successfulÂ…going through after five or six tries.

Local service was generally unaffected, but Dawes County Sheriff Karl Dailey says his substation in Crawford was without phones most of the morning.

Emergency 911 calls, which go to the dispatch center in Chadron, were not affected and Dailey had his deputies tell Crawford area residents to call the main office at the courthouse with non-emergency calls until service was restored.

CenturyLink is the successor to Northwestern Bell and Qwest.

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