Cable cut partially interrupts phone service in Gallup area

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) – State regulators say a fiber optic cable near Gallup has been cut, partially interrupting phone service to customers in that part of northwestern New Mexico.

The state Public Regulation Commission said the cable was cut early Friday morning and belongs to CenturyLink. A company spokeswoman did not immediate respond to requests for comment, and it’s not immediately known how the cable was cut.

The commission says the outage affected an unknown number of customers of Gallup-based Sacred Wind Communications, which notified the commission of the problem.

According to the commission, affected Sacred Wind customers can receive incoming calls and call 911 but cannot place other outgoing calls.

Vandals sliced a CenturyLink fiber-optic cable north of Phoenix in February, causing phone and Internet outages across northern Arizona.

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