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Verizon Outages Render Many in Town Without Phone, Internet

The outages were caused by a fire in Lawrence.

Verizon customers in town, including the lost service this morning.

Communities impacted by the outages include Tewksbury, Andover, North Andover, Wilmington, Methuen, Lawrence, Littleton and North Reading.

North Andover 911 calls are going to Andover and they are running dispatch for North Andover until service is restored.

The outages were caused by a fire that impacted phone lines under a bridge in Lawrence early this morning. The cause of that fire is under investigation.

As of 4:30 p.m., many customers in the area saw their service returned, but the Police Department has not. Service is being restored gradually across the region, and Verizon officials say there is no timetable for complete service restoration.

kathy Stevens August 28, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Difficult for the elderly who depend on telephone as link to the outside world.
Bridget Sifferlen Martin August 28, 2012 at 10:12 AM
I still have do not have internet, phone or cable services as of this morning. At least we have cell phones. I worry about the people who do not. Especially the elderly. God forbid they have an emergency and no way to call for help.
Tim carroll August 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM
As someone who specializes in disaster recovery and high availability, I find it unacceptable that Verizon has no contingency emergency cutover Plan when accidents happen to their fiber cable service. This is the second day I am without a basic phone line, after repeatedly expressing To Verizon that I did not want their phone service. The most inexcusable piece of the whole puzzle is that someone had the brains to Put the entire North Andover police station under the realm of Verizon service. Shame on Verizon and Shame on whoever is the IT director For the police department Timothy Carroll, MBA, PHD Candidate Database and Virtualization Expert 978-257-3602

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