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Millard County phone, Internet service restored

Published September 13, 2011 10:17 am

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Telephone and Internet connections had been fully restored to several areas of Millard County after copper thieves brought the services down for 3,800 customers over the weekend.

Karen Miller, a spokeswoman for Frontier Communications, said that outage was repaired and services restored by mid-day Monday. However, a second, unrelated outage again knocked out Internet service to the same area at 1:19 p.m. Monday.

That second outage was blamed on a "defective electronics card at another carrier location," Miller said. She did not further detail where that failure occurred, except to say service from that outage had been restored by 9:30 p.m. Monday.

West Jordan police spokesman Drew Sanders said that alleged copper thieves cut a fiber optics line in West Jordan to trigger the initial outage.

Sanders said the thieves ended up stealing about $300 in copper wiring, but repairs cost about $10,000. The theft occurred about 10 p.m. Saturday near 5700 West and 7800 South.

Sanders said detectives had not yet identified suspects, but the investigation was ongoing.

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