UPDATE - Break in fiber optic cable knocks out some phone and internet service

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UPDATE

WALLA WALLA — A broken fiber optic cable interrupted service today to Qwest business customers and residential lines served by other providers.

According to Bob Gravely, Qwest spokesman, the break occurred about 7:45 a.m. today when a construction crew replacing road signs on U.S. Highway 12 west of Walla Walla severed the fiber optic line running between Walla Walla and Pasco.

The break interrupted service primarily to Qwest business customers, Gravely said. Residential lines served by other providers who used the line were also affected. Gravely said he did not immediately know the exact number of customers who had their service cut

Qwest crews were able to repair the damage by about noon and restore service.

The break did not affect 911 service in Walla Walla County, said Tim Benett, Walla Walla Police Department spokesman.

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