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Re: Phone Repairs Continue in Flooded New Hampshire TELECOM

Paul (
Mon, 23 Apr 2007 15:14:46 UTC

New York Times News Wire <> wrote in

> RAYMOND, N.H. -- As crews work to repair flooded telephone equipment,
> Verizon employees went door-to-door Saturday offering free cell phones
> to customers with no service and competitor Comcast continued running
> temporary calling centers in several towns.

> Spokesman Erle Pierce says about 80 Verizon employees were knocking on
> doors and offering free, temporary cell phone service to customers in
> the 8-9-5 exchange who didn't already have cell service or service
> from a competitor.

> "For those who don't have any communications, such as service from
> another provider or a cell phone, we are going to make sure they have
> a cell phone," Pierce said.

> He said the company also gave town officials supply of cell phones to
> hand out.

> Meanwhile, Comcast has set up temporary service in town halls, police
> and fire departments and schools in the affected towns, which include
> Raymond, Candia, Epping, Nottingham, Fremont and Auburn. The company
> also has set up public calling centers at the Epping Library, Candia
> Police Department, Raymond Town Center and Auburn Safety Center.

> Comcast employees also have been going door-to-door in the affected
> towns, signing up customers.

> Flooding knocked out Verizon's central switching station in Raymond
> and normal service probably won't be restored until at least the end
> of next week.

> The outage has been a blow to businesses, who lost phones, faxes and
> credit-card processing machines.

> In Candia, automobile recycler Jeff Kantor, believes he lost tens of
> thousands of dollars in business at Car World.

> "I just got off the phone with a radio station, and I'm doing
> everything I can just to let my people know we're still here," he told
> the New Hampshire Union Leader on Friday. "On a day like today, we'd
> normally do about $6,000 or $7,000, but we're at about $840."

> At ATS Equipment, General Manager Mark Cooper said he couldn't
> understand why people hit by the floods and power outages weren't
> calling for his sump pumps or generators.

> "A little while later, we realized the phones were out. There's really
> nothing you can do about Mother Nature. We've got one incoming-only
> line now, and what we're doing is asking people to call us back on
> cell phones," he said.

> Copyright 2007 The New York Times Company

And meanwhile, Verizon shamelessly continues its "It's ON!" advertizing
about their landline service, which was not even true BEFORE the

Airing those ads NOW is especially insulting to the victims of the
current outage.


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